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Ginger in the Morning (1974)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | July 1974 (USA)
An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited ... See full summary »


Gordon Wiles


Mark Miller (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Monte Markham ... Joe
Susan Oliver ... Sugar
Mark Miller ... Charlie
Sissy Spacek ... Ginger
Slim Pickens ... Sheriff
David Doyle ... Fred
Marion Charles Marion Charles ... Diane
Ward 'Kip' Allen Ward 'Kip' Allen ... Deputy Everett
Fred Ward ... Truck Driver
Beatrice Miller Beatrice Miller ... Stewardess
Wendy Wiles Wendy Wiles ... Stewardess
Beatrice Kay ... Lady in Park
Al Cantu Al Cantu ... Salvador
Paul Eichenberg Paul Eichenberg ... Maitre d' #1
Thomas J. Conlan Thomas J. Conlan ... Maitre d' #2


An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited independence while she is drawn to his old-fashioned romanticism. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


By design or coincidence, Monte Markham's character name Joseph Moroni would hold significance to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph was the name of the prophet, and Moroni the name of the angel who visited him. Further, by the film's end Joe has given up drinking coffee (forbidden by the LDS church). The historical Joseph Smith was also reported to have a predilection for younger women. See more »


At Joe's house, she says she needs some "bread" (i.e. money) for groceries and he agrees but she leaves for the store without him giving her the money. See more »


Ginger: What's it called?
Joe: Irish coffee.
Ginger: You know what I told you about coffee.
Joe: It's just a name. I mean, a fogcutter doesn't have fog in it, does it? Give it a try.
Ginger: Tastes pretty good. Hmm. I think this has booze in it.
Joe: By golly,I think you're right.
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References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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Interesting Early 1970s piece
20 July 2005 | by sburton60See all my reviews

This early work starring Sissy Spacek is not a bad period piece. Spacek was 25 when she starred in this movie as a hitchhiker who falls for a middle aged businessman who picks her up. Even at this early age, you can tell that Spacek knows her craft and gives a deeper performance than her older costars. While there are some campy moments and forced dialog, I found that the low-budget film's unvarnished feel brought back a real sense of life in the early 1970s. There is a scene where the two male costars get drunk, and it really is a realistic portrayal of having fun while you are drunk! There are some funny moments, and it's far from a bomb. I purchased the DVD for $1 at my local dollar store, and felt it was worth at least that!

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Release Date:

July 1974 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Kyma-Circle See more »
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1.33 : 1
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