Don Juan Quilligan (1945)

75 mins | Comedy | June 1945

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Two-Faced Quilligan . A 24 Feb 1943 HR news item stated that Paramount and Warner Bros. had also bid for the rights to Herbert Clyde Lewis' short story. Although a 26 Feb 1943 LAT news item speculated that Thomas Mitchell would star in the picture, HR stated on 11 May 1943 that the story, "which has been in preparation for some time as a straight comedy vehicle for Jack Benny," would be turned into a musical comedy for Benny. On 8 Jul 1943, HR announced that Gracie Fields would co-star with Benny, and that John M. Stahl was to direct the picture. Exterior and background scenes were shot on location in San Pedro, CA, according to HR , and studio publicity notes that background shots of Brooklyn, New York, were photographed by Larry Williams. HR production charts and studio publicity include Roy Roberts, Mary Taylor and George Magrill in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Two-Faced Quilligan . A 24 Feb 1943 HR news item stated that Paramount and Warner Bros. had also bid for the rights to Herbert Clyde Lewis' short story. Although a 26 Feb 1943 LAT news item speculated that Thomas Mitchell would star in the picture, HR stated on 11 May 1943 that the story, "which has been in preparation for some time as a straight comedy vehicle for Jack Benny," would be turned into a musical comedy for Benny. On 8 Jul 1943, HR announced that Gracie Fields would co-star with Benny, and that John M. Stahl was to direct the picture. Exterior and background scenes were shot on location in San Pedro, CA, according to HR , and studio publicity notes that background shots of Brooklyn, New York, were photographed by Larry Williams. HR production charts and studio publicity include Roy Roberts, Mary Taylor and George Magrill in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Jun 1945.
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Daily Variety
6 Jun 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jun 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 45
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 45
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 45
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
26 Feb 1943.
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Motion Picture Daily
6 Jun 1945.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Mar 45
p. 2354.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Jun 45
p. 2486.
New York Times
30 Jul 45
p. 16.
Variety
6 Jun 45
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
New York photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Props
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
SOUND
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Dir of pub
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the serial story "Two-Faced Quilligan" by Herbert Clyde Lewis in Story (Jan--Feb 1943).
SONGS
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart," music by Leo Friedman, lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Two-Faced Quilligan
Release Date:
June 1945
Production Date:
mid January--mid February 1945
addl scenes shot early March 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 June 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13382
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in feet):
6,780
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10826
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ten years after his mother's death, barge captain Patrick Michael Quilligan is still so devoted to her memory that he becomes enamoured of barmaid Margie Mossrock, whose laughter and charm remind him of her. Quilligan, whose boat carries freight between Brooklyn and Utica, New York, introduces Margie to his caustic first mate, Mac Denny, and is in turn introduced to her three overprotective brothers: bartender Ed, ball player Howie and policeman Artie. The brothers tease Quilligan but happily accept him into the family when he proposes to Margie. Quilligan promises to bring Margie a diamond ring following his next run to Utica, but in Utica, he is hurt while defending shy Lucy Blake from an annoying man, and when Lucy takes him to her house to recuperate, he is amazed by Lucy's tasty homecooking. Quilligan then offers Lucy his highest compliment: that her cooking is just like his mother's. So impressed is Quilligan that he asks Lucy to call him Michael, as did his mother, and after spending four days with Lucy and her mother, Quilligan becomes engaged to Lucy. Although Mrs. Blake's friend, Cora Rostigaff, finds it suspicious that Quilligan just happened to have an engagement ring with him, Mrs. Blake cares only that Quilligan has a steady job. When Mac reads the newspaper announcement of Quilligan and Lucy's engagement, he upbraids his friend for his foolishness as they sail back to Brooklyn. At a New Year's party, Cora sees Quilligan with Margie, who always calls him Pat. In order to get his friend out of hot water, Mac doctors a photograph of Quilligan and his mother, making it look as ... +


Ten years after his mother's death, barge captain Patrick Michael Quilligan is still so devoted to her memory that he becomes enamoured of barmaid Margie Mossrock, whose laughter and charm remind him of her. Quilligan, whose boat carries freight between Brooklyn and Utica, New York, introduces Margie to his caustic first mate, Mac Denny, and is in turn introduced to her three overprotective brothers: bartender Ed, ball player Howie and policeman Artie. The brothers tease Quilligan but happily accept him into the family when he proposes to Margie. Quilligan promises to bring Margie a diamond ring following his next run to Utica, but in Utica, he is hurt while defending shy Lucy Blake from an annoying man, and when Lucy takes him to her house to recuperate, he is amazed by Lucy's tasty homecooking. Quilligan then offers Lucy his highest compliment: that her cooking is just like his mother's. So impressed is Quilligan that he asks Lucy to call him Michael, as did his mother, and after spending four days with Lucy and her mother, Quilligan becomes engaged to Lucy. Although Mrs. Blake's friend, Cora Rostigaff, finds it suspicious that Quilligan just happened to have an engagement ring with him, Mrs. Blake cares only that Quilligan has a steady job. When Mac reads the newspaper announcement of Quilligan and Lucy's engagement, he upbraids his friend for his foolishness as they sail back to Brooklyn. At a New Year's party, Cora sees Quilligan with Margie, who always calls him Pat. In order to get his friend out of hot water, Mac doctors a photograph of Quilligan and his mother, making it look as if Quilligan has a twin brother. Quilligan then tells Lucy and her mother about his black sheep brother Patrick, who is engaged to Margie. The Blakes believe Quilligan's story, but after his return to Brooklyn, Margie finally succeeds in getting him to the marriage bureau to obtain a license. As they are getting the license, Mac rushes in with a telegram stating that Mrs. Blake is seriously ill. Quilligan goes to Utica, where Mrs. Blake asks him to fulfill her dying wish by marrying Lucy immediately. Quilligan consents, and after the hasty ceremony, Mrs. Blake reveals that she was faking her illness in order to hurry along the marriage. Determined to tell Margie the truth, Quilligan rushes back to Brooklyn before his and Lucy's honeymoon. Quilligan goes to Margie's house, where the brothers have engineered a wedding "rehearsal," in which Quilligan reluctantly participates. The rehearsal turns out to be a real ceremony and Quilligan is aghast to find he is a bigamist. Before he can decide what to do, Quilligan hears an announcement about the attack on Pearl Harbor and decides to help his country and escape his marriages by joining the Navy. After he visits the Navy recruitment center as Patrick, however, Quilligan learns that he has been drafted by the Army under the name of Michael. Quilligan passes the Army physical, and he and Mac are on the street when they see Artie and other policemen chasing some gangsters. Upon their return to the boat, Quilligan and Mac find the body of a man murdered by the gangsters, and because the mutilated body is unrecognizable, they decide to drop it into the ocean and claim that it was one of the Quilligan brothers. When Lucy is notified that her husband Michael's drowned body has been discovered, Cora tells the police that his twin brother Patrick probably murdered him. Quilligan is then arrested and put on trial, during which he confesses to bigamy and explains his twin brother ruse. Quilligan is acquitted of murder, but the judge orders him to annul his marriages and report for military service. As he is leaving the courtroom, Lucy and Margie both offer Quilligan their forgiveness and assure him that they will wait for his return. +

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