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An Old-Fashioned Girl (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 19 January 1949 (USA)
A young woman leaves home to earn money for the family, which is not the norm for her sex and social standing.


Arthur Dreifuss


Louisa May Alcott (novel), Arthur Dreifuss (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Gloria Jean ... Polly Milton
Jimmy Lydon ... Tom Shaw
John Hubbard ... Mr. Sydney
Frances Rafferty ... Frances Shaw
Elinor Donahue ... Maud Shaw (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
Irene Ryan ... Mrs. Shaw
Douglas Wood ... Mr. Shaw
Barbara Brier Barbara Brier ... Trix Parker
Claire Whitney ... Miss Mills
Rosemary La Planche ... Emma Davenport
Quenna Norla Quenna Norla ... Miss Perkins
Shirley Mills ... Belle
Saundra Berkova ... Irma
Milton Kibbee ... Farmer Brown


A young woman leaves home to earn money for the family, which is not the norm for her sex and social standing.

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Hear Gloria Sing: "The Travel Song" "The Kitchen Serenade" "Where" See more »


Comedy | Musical


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One of the black dresses Gloria Jean wears was worn by Vivien Leigh in "Gone With the Wind" a decade earlier. See more »


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Excellant Picture From 1949! Love everything about it! 2020 sucks!
13 December 2020 | by vilenciaproductionsSee all my reviews

Projected a 16mm print of this cool old picture last night for the third time since I bought the print. I enjoyed it very much! Stephen Foster gets a bad rap sometimes, but "Beautiful Dreamer" is a beautiful song with well thought out lyrics, so was "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair" Gloria Jean sure can belt out the songs! One of the very best moments in this picture was when violin virtuoso Saundra Berkova, she was only 18 years old when they filmed her scene, and man what a talented chick! She was incredible and just jams through Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto! Interestingly she was involved in a marijuana party bust in the 1950's in Hollywood! Being a former 420 head myself, I thought that was kind of cool that she may have smoked pot! Apparently no charges were brought against her and she was released! I couldn't believe that I was watching the actress who would later play Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies show! Come to find out that Irene Ryan was a very talented actress and when she was a young woman she was very nice looking! Of course Elinor Donahue was so cute, and popped off with some great lines in the flick! Elinor and actor Jimmy Lydon may be the only living cast members of this picture! The pictures director Arthur Dreifuss started a production company to produce this picture and one other film under the banner of Vinson Pictures, "Shamrock Hill" also released in the same year of 1949! (I also have a 16mm print of that picture as well and I love them both!) I wouldn't be surprised if the 35mm cut nitrate negatives and soundtrack rolls were left to decay in some storage unit someplace? Frances Rafferty was a babe! So was Rosemary La Planche and Shirley Mills! Everybody in this picture was great! So if you're not a jaded fool, check out this picture! Best part, no cell phones, computers, dumb tattooed idiots, dumb girls with colored hair, car chases, rap, rock, new country music, Covid-19, Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden - just good old fashioned fun! Damn it I think I left my Covid-19 mask in the car! Can't wait for the US government to shoot us all up with an unproven vaccine, maybe I'll die! Hooray!

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Release Date:

19 January 1949 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Vinson Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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