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An Old-Fashioned Girl (1949)

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

Director:

Arthur Dreifuss

Writers:

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

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 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
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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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GLORIOUS GLORIA...THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1949 (USA) See more »

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Vinson Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

The Travel Song
Music by Charles Previn
Lyrics by McElbert Moore
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Leisurely-paced Musical
10 May 2008 | by Tom_BarristerSee all my reviews

The movie more or less follows the storyline of Louisa May Alcott's book of the same name, although the movie starts about a third of the way through the book, skips over some things and over-condenses others, particularly the last chapter, which is reduced to a few lines of dialog in the movie. The story is sat in the 1870's among the snooty-rich of Boston. Polly Milton (Jean), the poor relative to a rich family, refuses to enter their circle, preferring to make her way as a music teacher. After much ado, Polly serves as a relatively young Miss Fixit, patching up things here and there. If you like the movie, do check out the book.

The acting is first rate, especially 11 year old Elinor Donahue (of Father Knows Best fame), who is hilarious as the wise-cracking Maud, poking fun at her snobbish relatives.

Songs for Jean include "Beautiful Dreamer", "The Travel Song" (written for this movie by Charles Previn), part of Schubert's "Where" (arranged by Charles Previn), and parts of other songs (such as an abbreviated "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"). Jean, Donahue, and Frances Rafferty sing a song called "Kitchen Serenade" which threatens at times to break into a gadget-added number typical to those performed by Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Jean's voice is beautiful, as usual, and while the highest notes aren't tested as they were early in her career, her lower register is much fuller and more mature.

There's also an excerpt from the third movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, performed by then 18 year old Sandra Berkova. Ms. Berkova (who was related to conductor Lorin Maazel) was a child prodigy who later faded into obscurity. She only plays the work modestly well here, and her inclusion in the movie was at the adamant insistence of director Arthur Dreifess, who was supposedly infatuated with Berkova (although not in a romantic way). The camera-work during the concerto is, to say the least, weird.

I haven't seen this movie on TV in over thirty years. Finding it can be difficult, except that you can, as usual, buy a copy from Gloria Jean herself at her website. IMDb policy forbids the posting of URL's, but you can find the site with your favorite search engine and the words "Gloria Jean Child Star" (or by putting those four words together, and adding a "." and "com" to the end).


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