Isn't It Romantic (1948)

87 mins | Comedy-drama | 8 October 1948

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Father's Day and It's Always Spring . A pre-production Paramount News item noted that William Russell was slated to direct the film. The picture marked the screen acting debut of future director/producer Hall ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Father's Day and It's Always Spring . A pre-production Paramount News item noted that William Russell was slated to direct the film. The picture marked the screen acting debut of future director/producer Hall Bartlett. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Aug 1948.
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Daily Variety
16 Aug 48
p. 3, 9
Film Daily
26 Aug 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 48
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 48
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 48
p. 4243.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Aug 48
pp. 4281-82.
New York Times
7 Oct 48
p. 35.
Variety
27 Jan 1948.
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Variety
18 Aug 48
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir and adpt
Orch arr
Mus assoc
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Gather Ye Rosebuds by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York, 1946).
SONGS
"At the Nickelodeon," "Indiana Dinner," "I Shoulda Quit When I Was Ahead," "Miss Julie July" and "Wond'rin' When," music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
"Isn't It Romantic," music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart
"Old MacDonald Had a Farm," traditional.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Father's Day
It's Always Spring
Release Date:
8 October 1948
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 October 1948
Production Date:
23 February--early April 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 October 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1850
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

During Reconstruction, Southern Major Euclid Cameron writes his memoirs about the Civil War while his grown daughters, Candy, Susie and Rose, plead with him to get a job, as they are in debt. Euclid is proud that no one in his formerly wealthy family has ever worked, and talks himself out of taking a job offered to him by Clarissa Thayer, a spinster bank president who is attracted to him. One day while in town, Candy's suitor, Horace Frazier, reprimands her for flirting with near strangers, but the romantically inclined Candy ignores him and attracts the attention of swindler Richard "Rick" Brannon. That night, Horace brings Rick, who claims to remember Horace from music school, to Rose and Ben Logan's engagement party. The party breaks up after Rick openly flirts with Rose, and while she and Ben fight, Ben's father, Judge Thomas Logan, argues with Euclid about the Civil War. The next day, Rick sends Candy a gift of flowers and sheer silk stockings. Euclid is scandalized by the gift, but instead of reprimanding Rick, he allows Rick to enlist him in getting investors for Rick's Arkansas oil drilling plans. Susie and Candy, meanwhile, attend the nickelodeon with Horace and Ben, but leave after Ben gets in a fight, and return home to entertain their maid Addie, with their rendition of the movie. After Rose and Ben reunite at a town picnic, Judge Logan offers to host another engagement party. Candy, meanwhile, falls in love with Rick, who refrains from proposing marriage. At Rick's urging, Euclid raises $3,500 from his friends and neighbors, but when he learns that Judge Thomas is ... +


During Reconstruction, Southern Major Euclid Cameron writes his memoirs about the Civil War while his grown daughters, Candy, Susie and Rose, plead with him to get a job, as they are in debt. Euclid is proud that no one in his formerly wealthy family has ever worked, and talks himself out of taking a job offered to him by Clarissa Thayer, a spinster bank president who is attracted to him. One day while in town, Candy's suitor, Horace Frazier, reprimands her for flirting with near strangers, but the romantically inclined Candy ignores him and attracts the attention of swindler Richard "Rick" Brannon. That night, Horace brings Rick, who claims to remember Horace from music school, to Rose and Ben Logan's engagement party. The party breaks up after Rick openly flirts with Rose, and while she and Ben fight, Ben's father, Judge Thomas Logan, argues with Euclid about the Civil War. The next day, Rick sends Candy a gift of flowers and sheer silk stockings. Euclid is scandalized by the gift, but instead of reprimanding Rick, he allows Rick to enlist him in getting investors for Rick's Arkansas oil drilling plans. Susie and Candy, meanwhile, attend the nickelodeon with Horace and Ben, but leave after Ben gets in a fight, and return home to entertain their maid Addie, with their rendition of the movie. After Rose and Ben reunite at a town picnic, Judge Logan offers to host another engagement party. Candy, meanwhile, falls in love with Rick, who refrains from proposing marriage. At Rick's urging, Euclid raises $3,500 from his friends and neighbors, but when he learns that Judge Thomas is protecting Clarissa by investigating Rick's scheme, Rick leaves town with the money. That evening, while the rest of the family attends the engagement party, Horace and Ben race to catch up with Rick's train, as they have found a note from Candy saying that she is eloping with Rick. They succeed in stopping the train by lighting a fire on the tracks. After boarding the train, Horace and Ben witness Rick abusing Candy, who has taken back the stolen money. Ben knocks Rick out, and he, Horace and Candy return home in time to prevent the town from learning that Euclid was swindled. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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