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It Happened to Jane (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 May 1959 (UK)
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

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Richard Quine

Writers:

Norman Katkov (screenplay), Max Wilk (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Jane Osgood
Jack Lemmon ... George Denham
Ernie Kovacs ... Harry Foster Malone
Steve Forrest ... Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall
Teddy Rooney ... Billy Osgood
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Uncle Otis
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Crawford Sloan
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly ... Homer Bean
Mary Wickes ... Matilda Runyon
Philip Coolidge ... Wilbur Peterson
Max Showalter ... Selwyn Harris (as Casey Adams)
John Cecil Holm John Cecil Holm ... Aaron Caldwell
Gina Gillespie ... Betty Osgood
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Clarence Runyon
Napoleon Whiting ... Eugene - Waiter
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Storyline

Jane Osgood is trying to support her two young children by running a lobster business. After one of her shipments is ruined by inattention at the railroad station, Jane decides to take on Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world". With the help of her lifelong friend - and lawyer - George Denham, Jane sues Malone for the price of her lobsters & her lost business. What she ends up with is a lot more than either of them bargained for. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane from Maine See more »

Filming Locations:

Plainville, Connecticut, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The black, white and red diesel waiting at the crossing near the end of the movie is a slightly disguised New Haven a.k.a. New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. See more »

Goofs

When Mr Malone is talking with his colleague about the poster and adding more "broads", he has a piece of lobster in his left hand, when the camera goes back to him, a split second later, the piece of lobster is missing, his hand never left the screen so we would have seen him put it down. See more »

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References I've Got a Secret (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Prepared
Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
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a surprising delight
28 August 2002 | by rupieSee all my reviews

Having expected a run-of-the-mill comedy effort I was surprised to be drawn into this unusually well-written, -acted, and -produced effort. The story avoided dropping to the "cutesy" level; there was enough grit in the conflict between Jane and the railroad magnate to keep one involved. I can only echo the plaudits given by others in this space to the efforts of Day, Lemmon and, especially, the underrated Ernie Kovacs. I echo the criticism of the brief flash of gratuitous partisanship in Lemmon's little speech about the stingy, nasty Republican running for selectman, but it's a minor flaw. A nice plus is the rich look of the movie, with its portrayal of the New England countryside and its nice footage of the venerable steam locomotive, a form of transport sadly passing from the scene when the flick was made. (The color technology of films from this period is superior to what we have nowadays). All in all, a delightful surprise, and well worth catching.


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