That Hagen Girl (1947)

83-84 mins | Melodrama | 1 November 1947

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writer:

Charles Hoffman

Producer:

Alex Gottlieb

Cinematographer:

Karl Freund

Editor:

David Weisbart

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Mary Hagen . Special effects technician Wesley Anderson's first name was spelled "Weslie" in the opening credits. A 14 Jul 1947 HR news item reported that due to pneumonia, Ronald Reagan was absent from the production from 19 Jun--14 Jul 1947. Character actor William B. Davidson, who began performing in motion pictures in the 1910s, died a few weeks after the end of production of That Hagen Girl . Although he had worked on The Judge Steps Out , made earlier in 1947, that film was not released until 1949. That Hagen Girl marked the motion picture debut of Canadian-born actress Lois Maxwell (1927--2007), who was best known for her portrayal of "Miss Moneypenny" in the "James Bond" films, beginning in 1962 with the first in the series, Dr. No (see above). Her final appearance in the role was in A View to a Kill , released in ... More Less

The film's working title was Mary Hagen . Special effects technician Wesley Anderson's first name was spelled "Weslie" in the opening credits. A 14 Jul 1947 HR news item reported that due to pneumonia, Ronald Reagan was absent from the production from 19 Jun--14 Jul 1947. Character actor William B. Davidson, who began performing in motion pictures in the 1910s, died a few weeks after the end of production of That Hagen Girl . Although he had worked on The Judge Steps Out , made earlier in 1947, that film was not released until 1949. That Hagen Girl marked the motion picture debut of Canadian-born actress Lois Maxwell (1927--2007), who was best known for her portrayal of "Miss Moneypenny" in the "James Bond" films, beginning in 1962 with the first in the series, Dr. No (see above). Her final appearance in the role was in A View to a Kill , released in 1985. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 47
p. 273.
Box Office
25 Oct 1947.
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Film Daily
22 Oct 47
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 47
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 47
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 47
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 47
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Oct 47
p. 3893.
New York Times
25 Oct 47
p. 13.
Variety
22 Oct 47
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Ray "Romeo" Montgomery
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel That Hagen Girl by Edith Roberts (New York, 1946).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mary Hagen
Release Date:
1 November 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 October 1947
Production Date:
late May--mid August 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1282
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83-84
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
12522
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the small town of Jordan, Ohio, Minta Hagen returns to her husband Jim with an adopted baby girl at the same time that the wealthy Gateleys quietly bring their daughter Grace home to stay. Partly because of the timing and partly because of the color of the baby's hair and eyes, it is rumored that the baby, whom the Hagens name Mary, is the illegitimate daughter of Grace and her former boyfriend, Tom Bates. To save Tom from the effects of this rumor, his guardian, Judge Merrivale, sends him to study law in another town. Although Tom dismisses the accusation as foolish, Merrivale points out that although Tom can leave, and Grace is too sick to notice, it is the child who will be most affected by gossip. Years later, after Merrivale dies, Tom returns to Jordan. Mary is now a college student and has suffered all her life from the town's disapproval. Tom attends the college dance, where he meets Julia Kane, one of the college professors. Mary briefly leaves to fix a broken shoulder strap, and college student Dewey Koons follows and forces a kiss on her. As usual, Mary is blamed for the incident, and only Julia's intervention saves her from punishment. Mary is baffled by the town's attitude toward her until her friend, Sharon Bailey, tells her the gossip about her parentage, causing the distraught Mary to run away to Chicago. When Mary returns home, she begs her mother to tell her the truth about her background, but Minta will only say that the rumors are untrue. Believing that Mary has artistic talent, ... +


In the small town of Jordan, Ohio, Minta Hagen returns to her husband Jim with an adopted baby girl at the same time that the wealthy Gateleys quietly bring their daughter Grace home to stay. Partly because of the timing and partly because of the color of the baby's hair and eyes, it is rumored that the baby, whom the Hagens name Mary, is the illegitimate daughter of Grace and her former boyfriend, Tom Bates. To save Tom from the effects of this rumor, his guardian, Judge Merrivale, sends him to study law in another town. Although Tom dismisses the accusation as foolish, Merrivale points out that although Tom can leave, and Grace is too sick to notice, it is the child who will be most affected by gossip. Years later, after Merrivale dies, Tom returns to Jordan. Mary is now a college student and has suffered all her life from the town's disapproval. Tom attends the college dance, where he meets Julia Kane, one of the college professors. Mary briefly leaves to fix a broken shoulder strap, and college student Dewey Koons follows and forces a kiss on her. As usual, Mary is blamed for the incident, and only Julia's intervention saves her from punishment. Mary is baffled by the town's attitude toward her until her friend, Sharon Bailey, tells her the gossip about her parentage, causing the distraught Mary to run away to Chicago. When Mary returns home, she begs her mother to tell her the truth about her background, but Minta will only say that the rumors are untrue. Believing that Mary has artistic talent, Julia convinces her to try out for the school play and assigns her the role of "Juliet" in Romeo and Juliet . To add to Mary's pleasure, Ken Freneau, a well-to-do boy who has always been kind to her, asks her to his fraternity dance. Then Julia is pressured by the school board, which includes Ken's mother, to replace Mary with Christine Delaney, a girl from a more prominent family, and Ken's family insists that he take Christine to the dance. Ken goes along with his mother's wishes, but gets Christine drunk so that she will be too ill to perform in the play. Julia then asks Mary to substitute, and she performs the role to great acclaim. Ken drives her home, and the two become secretly engaged. Later, Minta, who is very ill, dies before she can tell Mary the truth about her background. Mary takes matters into her own hands and visits Tom. He insists that he is not her father, but she does not really believe him. Soon, however, Mary, Tom and Julia spend many afternoons together, and Tom, who has grown fond of Mary, offers to send her to the university. While Tom is away in Washington, D.C., Ken breaks under family pressure and elopes with Christine. On the rebound, Mary dates Dewey, who takes her to a tavern, where he is involved in a fight. Despite Julia's efforts, Mary is expelled. Tom returns home, having received the Order of Merit in Washington for his service during the war. Julia tells him what has happened to Mary and helps him realize that he has fallen in love with the girl. When the school board asks Tom to speak at graduation, he reminds them that of the four students who went to the tavern, only one was expelled and turns down their request. Then Jim arrives with a suicide note from Mary, and Tom finds her just in time to save her from drowning. He then tells Mary that Grace is incurably insane and could never have been her mother. After Tom explains that Mary was adopted from an orphanage in Evanston, Illinois, the couple gets married and leaves town. +

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