It's a Great Feeling (1949)

84-85 mins | Comedy | 20 August 1949

Director:

David Butler

Producer:

Alex Gottlieb

Cinematographer:

Wilfrid M. Cline

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Two Guys and a Gal . Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's song "It's Great Feeling" was nominated for an Academy Award. The picture marked the screen debut of actress Nita ... More Less

The film's working title was Two Guys and a Gal . Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's song "It's Great Feeling" was nominated for an Academy Award. The picture marked the screen debut of actress Nita Talbot. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Jul 1949.
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Daily Variety
26 Jul 49
p. 3, 10
Film Daily
1 Aug 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 48
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 48
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Jul 49
p. 4697.
New York Times
13 Aug 49
p. 6.
Variety
27 Jul 49
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr
From a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
DANCE
Mus numbers staged and dir by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"It's a Great Feeling," "Blame My Absent-Minded Heart," "At the Cafe Rendezvous," "That Was a Big Fat Lie," "There's Nothing Rougher Than Love," "Give Me a Song with a Beautiful Melody," "Fiddle-dee-dee," music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Two Guys and a Gal
Release Date:
20 August 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 August 1949
Production Date:
20 August--16 October 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 August 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2487
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
84-85
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13454
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Movie producer Arthur Trent asks directors Raoul Walsh, King Vidor, Michael Curtiz and David Butler to direct his new film, Mlle. Fifi , which is to star Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson, and all turn him down because they do not want to work with the egotistical Jack. In desperation, Trent gives Jack the directorial assignment. Dennis and Jack consider each other to be "great guys but big hams." Although Jack begs Dennis to do the film with him because he is broke, Dennis has been offered a show on Broadway, and decides to accept that offer. When no waitress will take Jack's lunch to his bungalow because he is such a wolf, Judy Adams, an aspiring actress, eagerly offers to make the delivery, planning to take the opportunity to audition for him. Judy, who comes from a small town in Wisconsin, discovers that Jack also grew up there, and soon Jack offers her a role playing his real-life pregnant, poverty-stricken, secret wife. He promises that if she can convince Dennis to sign a contract with him, he will give her a part in the film. Although Judy's portrayal of heart-breaking poverty is so convincing that Dennis agrees to appear in Jack's film, Jack reneges on his promise to Judy. Later, when no actress will agree to star in the film, Dennis suggests that Jack use an unknown--Judy. They hurry to the train station and prevent Judy from returning to Wisconsin to get married. Knowing how much Trent likes to discover new talent, Jack and Dennis constantly place him in proximity to Judy, but only succeed in making him think he ... +


Movie producer Arthur Trent asks directors Raoul Walsh, King Vidor, Michael Curtiz and David Butler to direct his new film, Mlle. Fifi , which is to star Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson, and all turn him down because they do not want to work with the egotistical Jack. In desperation, Trent gives Jack the directorial assignment. Dennis and Jack consider each other to be "great guys but big hams." Although Jack begs Dennis to do the film with him because he is broke, Dennis has been offered a show on Broadway, and decides to accept that offer. When no waitress will take Jack's lunch to his bungalow because he is such a wolf, Judy Adams, an aspiring actress, eagerly offers to make the delivery, planning to take the opportunity to audition for him. Judy, who comes from a small town in Wisconsin, discovers that Jack also grew up there, and soon Jack offers her a role playing his real-life pregnant, poverty-stricken, secret wife. He promises that if she can convince Dennis to sign a contract with him, he will give her a part in the film. Although Judy's portrayal of heart-breaking poverty is so convincing that Dennis agrees to appear in Jack's film, Jack reneges on his promise to Judy. Later, when no actress will agree to star in the film, Dennis suggests that Jack use an unknown--Judy. They hurry to the train station and prevent Judy from returning to Wisconsin to get married. Knowing how much Trent likes to discover new talent, Jack and Dennis constantly place him in proximity to Judy, but only succeed in making him think he is crazy because every woman that he sees looks the same. Jack then directs Judy in a screen test, but his inexperience results in a film in which Jack's voice comes out of Judy's image. Jack and Dennis then decide to pretend that Judy is a famous French star named Yvonne Amour. During her performance, however, Judy trips and loses her wig, and the ruse fails. Grace, an older woman who lives in Judy's building, then convinces Jack and Dennis that the best thing for Judy would be to return home and marry her fiancé. The men allow her to overhear them making a job offer to another actress, and the furious Judy takes the next train home. Trent, who has suffered a nervous breakdown, is also on the train and, late that night, hears her singing in the lounge car. Trent offers to put her in pictures, but Judy, who has had her fill of promises, slaps his face. Hearing the story, Jack and Dennis hurry to Judy's hometown to stop the wedding, but they are too late, as Judy marries a man who looks exactly like Errol Flynn. +

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