The Girl from Manhattan (1948)

79-81 mins | Comedy-drama | 1 October 1948

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Producer:

Benedict Bogeaus

Cinematographer:

Ernest Laszlo

Editor:

James Smith

Production Designer:

Jerome Pycha Jr.

Production Company:

Charing Cross Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were All's Well That Ends Well and All's Well . Although the film was not viewed, credits were obtained from a cutting continuity deposited in copyright records. The HR production chart includes Charles Winninger in the cast, but he was not in the final film. A Mar 1949 NYT article states that the film came about because producer Benedict Bogeaus had an episode left over from his previous picture, On Our Merry Way , which involved the Charles Laughton character of the Bishop. Because that episode cost $200,000, Bogeaus hired writer Lou Breslow to use it as the basis of a new ... More Less

Working titles for this film were All's Well That Ends Well and All's Well . Although the film was not viewed, credits were obtained from a cutting continuity deposited in copyright records. The HR production chart includes Charles Winninger in the cast, but he was not in the final film. A Mar 1949 NYT article states that the film came about because producer Benedict Bogeaus had an episode left over from his previous picture, On Our Merry Way , which involved the Charles Laughton character of the Bishop. Because that episode cost $200,000, Bogeaus hired writer Lou Breslow to use it as the basis of a new film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Sep 1948.
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Daily Variety
4 Jun 1948.
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Daily Variety
14 Sep 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Sep 48
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 48
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 48
p. 4243.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Sep 48
p. 4318.
New York Times
13 Mar 1949.
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Variety
15 Sep 48
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Assoc dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Women's ward
Men's ward
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus arr
SOUND
Sd tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Assoc to the prod
Assoc to the prod
Prod assoc
Scr supv
Scr supv
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well
Release Date:
1 October 1948
Production Date:
17624
Copyright Claimant:
Charing Cross Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 October 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2053
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79-81
Length(in feet):
7,283
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13209
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Former Yale All-American fullback Tom Walker gave up his football career to become a reverend and now returns to his hometown of Pittsfield in order to start his career under the guidance of his late father's close friend, the bishop. At the same time, Tom's former sweetheart, Carol Maynard, now a famous Manhattan model, visits Pittsfield to spend her vacation with her uncle, Homer Purdy. Though she has been sending Homer money to pay off the mortgage on his boardinghouse, it soon becomes obvious that the money has only been used to support the array of lovable crackpots who live there. When Tom rents one of Homer's rooms, he and Carol quickly rekindle their romance. Soon, Tom learns that Wilbur J. Birch, the lay church leader, is selling the old church property and plans to donate the piece of land on which Homer's boardinghouse stands for the new church. Knowing that this will mean the foreclosure of Homer's house, Tom cannot bring himself to tell Carol. Eventually, however, Carol finds out, and though Homer claims to have faith that his rich friend, Jim Allison, will help him out, he soon collapses under the strain. That night, Tom is reinvigorated when he hears his father's voice challenging him to solve the problem. The next day, Carol, who mistrusts Tom, receives the $3,000 they need for the mortgage payment, and Homer, assuming that Allison has helped them, recuperates. Birch refuses to take her money, however, and Carol is about to give up when hotelier Mr. Bernouti arrives and reveals Birch's plan to make a hefty profit from the sale of the old church land as the hotel site. Carol realizes Tom ... +


Former Yale All-American fullback Tom Walker gave up his football career to become a reverend and now returns to his hometown of Pittsfield in order to start his career under the guidance of his late father's close friend, the bishop. At the same time, Tom's former sweetheart, Carol Maynard, now a famous Manhattan model, visits Pittsfield to spend her vacation with her uncle, Homer Purdy. Though she has been sending Homer money to pay off the mortgage on his boardinghouse, it soon becomes obvious that the money has only been used to support the array of lovable crackpots who live there. When Tom rents one of Homer's rooms, he and Carol quickly rekindle their romance. Soon, Tom learns that Wilbur J. Birch, the lay church leader, is selling the old church property and plans to donate the piece of land on which Homer's boardinghouse stands for the new church. Knowing that this will mean the foreclosure of Homer's house, Tom cannot bring himself to tell Carol. Eventually, however, Carol finds out, and though Homer claims to have faith that his rich friend, Jim Allison, will help him out, he soon collapses under the strain. That night, Tom is reinvigorated when he hears his father's voice challenging him to solve the problem. The next day, Carol, who mistrusts Tom, receives the $3,000 they need for the mortgage payment, and Homer, assuming that Allison has helped them, recuperates. Birch refuses to take her money, however, and Carol is about to give up when hotelier Mr. Bernouti arrives and reveals Birch's plan to make a hefty profit from the sale of the old church land as the hotel site. Carol realizes Tom is guiltless and rushes to Birch's office to let him know she will ruin his reputation if he refuses to rescind his plan. Birch agrees, and soon after, Allison tells them he did not send the money. Realizing that Tom had secretly given them his savings, Carol accepts his marriage proposal. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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