A Date with Judy (1948)

112-13 mins | Musical | 29 July 1948

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Robert Surtees

Editor:

Harold F. Kress

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although Xavier Cugat is credited in the opening credits as "Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra," the end credits simply bill Cugat as "Himself." The A Date with Judy radio show ran from 1941 to 1949 on the NBC network, and from 1949 to 1950 on the ABC network. The character of "Judy Foster" was portrayed on the radio by Dellie Ellis, Louise Erickson and Ann Gillis. Pre-production news items in HR indicate that actor Thomas E. Breen was originally set to co-star in the film with Jane Powell, and that Leslie Kardos was set to direct. A Dec 1947 HR news item notes that Selena Royle replaced Mary Astor, who withdrew from the film due to illness. A contemporary HR news item lists Marcia Van Dyke in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A biography of director Vincente Minnelli notes that a musical number entitled "Mulligatawny," which was created by Stanley Donen, was cut from the film before its release. Actress Patricia Crowley portrayed "Judy Foster" in the ABC television series A Date with Judy , which ran from 1951 to ... More Less

Although Xavier Cugat is credited in the opening credits as "Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra," the end credits simply bill Cugat as "Himself." The A Date with Judy radio show ran from 1941 to 1949 on the NBC network, and from 1949 to 1950 on the ABC network. The character of "Judy Foster" was portrayed on the radio by Dellie Ellis, Louise Erickson and Ann Gillis. Pre-production news items in HR indicate that actor Thomas E. Breen was originally set to co-star in the film with Jane Powell, and that Leslie Kardos was set to direct. A Dec 1947 HR news item notes that Selena Royle replaced Mary Astor, who withdrew from the film due to illness. A contemporary HR news item lists Marcia Van Dyke in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A biography of director Vincente Minnelli notes that a musical number entitled "Mulligatawny," which was created by Stanley Donen, was cut from the film before its release. Actress Patricia Crowley portrayed "Judy Foster" in the ABC television series A Date with Judy , which ran from 1951 to 1953. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Jun 1948.
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Daily Variety
18 Jun 48
p. 3, 8
Film Daily
21 Jun 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 47
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 47
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 47
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 48
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Apr 48
p. 4139.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
19 Jun 48
p. 4206.
New York Times
7 Aug 48
p. 8.
Variety
23 Jun 48
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus arr
Mus arr
Mus arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the radio series A Date With Judy created by Aleen Leslie (24 Jun 1941--1950).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"It's a Most Unusual Day," music and lyrics Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
"Judaline," music and lyrics by Don Raye and Gene dePaul
"I'm Strictly on the Corny Side," music by Alec Templeton, lyrics by Stella Unger
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SONGS
"It's a Most Unusual Day," music and lyrics Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson
"Judaline," music and lyrics by Don Raye and Gene dePaul
"I'm Strictly on the Corny Side," music by Alec Templeton, lyrics by Stella Unger
"Through the Years," music and lyrics by Vincent Youmans and Eddie Heyman
"Love Is Where You Find It," music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Earl Brent
"Home, Sweet Home," music traditional, arranged by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, lyrics by John Howard Payne
"Cooking with Glass," music by Louis Oliveira, lyrics by Ray Gilbert
"Cuanto Le Gusto," music by Gabriel Ruiz, lyrics by Ray Gilbert
"I Got a Date With Judy" and "I'm Gonna Meet My Mary," music and lyrics by William Katz and Calvin Jackson.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
29 July 1948
Production Date:
15 December 1947--27 January 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 June 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1714
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
112-13
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13038
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In Santa Barbara, California, teenager Judy Foster and her friends are rehearsing songs for their high school dance when the student director of the show, Carol Pringle, complains that the songs, as performed, are too "juvenile." Carol, a senior at the school and a renowned snob, demonstrates how the music should be played, and gives the song a more seductive flavor. Later, Carol tells Judy that famous band leader Xavier Cugat will be the guest of honor at the dance, and urges her to wear her pink dress for the occasion. When Judy learns that her sweetheart, Ogden "Oogie" Pringle, who is Carol's brother, has decided not to take her to the dance, she becomes infuriated and vows to break off her friendship with him. Dejected, Judy visits Pop's Soda Fountain, where she meets Pop's handsome nephew, Stephen I. Andrews. Judy falls instantly in love with the older Stephen, and he agrees to take her to the dance as a favor to Pop. At the dance, Oogie sees Judy with Stephen and becomes jealous. While Oogie tries to divert Judy's attention away from Stephen, Stephen meets Carol and believes he has found "the most beautiful girl in Santa Barbara." After the dance, Carol tries to help Oogie and Judy get back together by telling Judy that she has convinced her wealthy father to give Judy and Oogie a program on his radio station. Meanwhile, Rosita Conchellas, a dance instructor, secretly meets with Judy's father Melvin to teach him the rumba, which he hopes to dance on his wedding anniversary. When Oogie tries to make amends with Judy at a dinner arranged ... +


In Santa Barbara, California, teenager Judy Foster and her friends are rehearsing songs for their high school dance when the student director of the show, Carol Pringle, complains that the songs, as performed, are too "juvenile." Carol, a senior at the school and a renowned snob, demonstrates how the music should be played, and gives the song a more seductive flavor. Later, Carol tells Judy that famous band leader Xavier Cugat will be the guest of honor at the dance, and urges her to wear her pink dress for the occasion. When Judy learns that her sweetheart, Ogden "Oogie" Pringle, who is Carol's brother, has decided not to take her to the dance, she becomes infuriated and vows to break off her friendship with him. Dejected, Judy visits Pop's Soda Fountain, where she meets Pop's handsome nephew, Stephen I. Andrews. Judy falls instantly in love with the older Stephen, and he agrees to take her to the dance as a favor to Pop. At the dance, Oogie sees Judy with Stephen and becomes jealous. While Oogie tries to divert Judy's attention away from Stephen, Stephen meets Carol and believes he has found "the most beautiful girl in Santa Barbara." After the dance, Carol tries to help Oogie and Judy get back together by telling Judy that she has convinced her wealthy father to give Judy and Oogie a program on his radio station. Meanwhile, Rosita Conchellas, a dance instructor, secretly meets with Judy's father Melvin to teach him the rumba, which he hopes to dance on his wedding anniversary. When Oogie tries to make amends with Judy at a dinner arranged by Carol, a misunderstanding arises that leads to his being further alienated from his sweetheart. Judy, however, shows no signs of a broken heart, and later tells her father that she is in love with Stephen and that she intends to marry him. When Judy discovers Rosita's skirt caught in the closet door of her father's office, she incorrectly concludes that her father is having an affair. Determined to save her parents' marriage, Judy runs home and gives her mother a beauty makeover to make her more appealing to her father. Oogie, in his tireless determination to reunite with Judy, tries to serenade her, but another misunderstanding arises and the plan is spoiled. Judy becomes convinced that her father is planning to leave her mother when she and Carol see him escorting Rosita to his car. Carol and Judy later accuse Rosita of breaking up Judy's home. Rosita misunderstands the accusation and believes that they are talking about Cugat, her fiancé. When Judy and Carol finally realize their mistake, they apologize to Rosita. Judy then reconciles with Oogie after she learns that Carol and Stephen are in love, and Stephen agrees to resume his romance with Carol in a few years, when she is older. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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