Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950)

88 mins | Comedy-drama | March 1950

Director:

Claude Binyon

Writer:

Claude Binyon

Producer:

Fred Kohlmar

Cinematographer:

Joseph La Shelle

Editor:

Harmon Jones

Production Designers:

Lyle Wheeler, Richard Irvine

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Oh, Doctor! . According to a 11 Nov 1948 HR news item, when Twentieth Century-Fox bought Mary Bard's book, Jeanne Crain was being considered as the lead. The Var and other reviews incorrectly list the characters played by Gary Merrill and June Havoc as "Mike and Katie ... More Less

The working title of this film was Oh, Doctor! . According to a 11 Nov 1948 HR news item, when Twentieth Century-Fox bought Mary Bard's book, Jeanne Crain was being considered as the lead. The Var and other reviews incorrectly list the characters played by Gary Merrill and June Havoc as "Mike and Katie Bell." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Feb 1950.
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Film Daily
2 Feb 50
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 1948.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 50
p. 3, 16
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Feb 50
p. 178.
New York Times
4 Mar 50
p. 11.
Variety
1 Feb 50
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book The Doctor Wears Three Faces by Mary Bard (Philadelphia, 1949).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"Temptation" by Nacio Herb Brown.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Oh, Doctor!
Release Date:
March 1950
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 24 February 1950
Production Date:
early June--mid July 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 February 1950
Copyright Number:
LP70
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88
Length(in feet):
7,924
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13924
SYNOPSIS

Jane Morgan, a young radio jingle writer for a leading Los Angeles advertising agency, has a terrible cough and goes to consult a doctor, William Wright, who turns out to be young, handsome and available. Jane takes a fancy to Bill and, later that same evening, phones him to say she is feeling worse. Bill offers to make a house call and ends up making a dinner date with Jane for later in the week. However, on their way to dinner, Bill has to make a house call, and Jane is forced to wait in the car. After an hour, she goes for a stroll, and when Bill comes back a moment later, he thinks she has already left and drives away. Later, however, he drops by Jane's apartment and prepares a dinner, during which Jane tells him that she lost both her parents in an accident about five years earlier. While on their second date, Bill proposes and takes her to meet his mother. Mrs. Wright, a doctor's widow, tells Jane that she is jumping into marriage too quickly and does not realize what it is like to be married to a doctor. After Mrs. Wright asks Jane if Bill has told her about a woman named Helen, Jane questions Bill. Bill explains that Helen worked in his office as a technician to earn money for medical school and, at Bill's insistence, plans to become his associate when she finishes her studies. Despite some apprehensions on Jane's part, Bill and Jane marry and end up spending their honeymoon in Detroit because Bill wants to attend a medical convention there. On their return to Los Angeles, the newlyweds move ... +


Jane Morgan, a young radio jingle writer for a leading Los Angeles advertising agency, has a terrible cough and goes to consult a doctor, William Wright, who turns out to be young, handsome and available. Jane takes a fancy to Bill and, later that same evening, phones him to say she is feeling worse. Bill offers to make a house call and ends up making a dinner date with Jane for later in the week. However, on their way to dinner, Bill has to make a house call, and Jane is forced to wait in the car. After an hour, she goes for a stroll, and when Bill comes back a moment later, he thinks she has already left and drives away. Later, however, he drops by Jane's apartment and prepares a dinner, during which Jane tells him that she lost both her parents in an accident about five years earlier. While on their second date, Bill proposes and takes her to meet his mother. Mrs. Wright, a doctor's widow, tells Jane that she is jumping into marriage too quickly and does not realize what it is like to be married to a doctor. After Mrs. Wright asks Jane if Bill has told her about a woman named Helen, Jane questions Bill. Bill explains that Helen worked in his office as a technician to earn money for medical school and, at Bill's insistence, plans to become his associate when she finishes her studies. Despite some apprehensions on Jane's part, Bill and Jane marry and end up spending their honeymoon in Detroit because Bill wants to attend a medical convention there. On their return to Los Angeles, the newlyweds move into a semi-furnished house that has been provided to them by one of Bill's grateful patients. While Bill's friend, Dr. Pete Roberts, and his wife Maggie help them move in, Maggie tells Jane about some of the realities of being a doctor's wife. One evening, Bill arrives late for a dinner party, then immediately has to leave. One by one, all the doctors at the party are summoned back to work and their wives are left to talk with one another. Soon after, Jane finds moving men emptying the house, and Bill, who has forgotten to tell Jane that a pregnancy test she took came back positive, explains that the owner needs it back earlier than expected. Bill has, however, made a down payment on another house, without consulting Jane, and it turns out to be run down and lacking furniture. Eventually, the house is fixed up and Jane gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Just before he is to attend a dinner party to celebrate his birthday, Bill receives a cable from Helen, who has finished her studies in the East and is returning that evening on a flight to be his new associate. Jane does not like the idea of Bill working with Helen but asks him to bring Helen to the dinner party after he picks her up at the airport. Maggie brings famous psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Gordon to the party and he immediately begins flirting with Jane and Maggie. When Bill and Helen eventually arrive, they find Jane and Gordon dancing to a pastiche South Seas beat he learned when he studied in Bali. The meeting between Jane and Helen does not go well, and Jane is distressed to discover that Helen is gorgeous. Later, when Jane again asks Bill not to take Helen on as his associate, they have a fight and Jane ends up sleeping in the children's room. The next day, Jane calls Bill's office and leaves a message saying she is not feeling well, hoping that he will rush home. She then puts on an attractive nightgown, hops into bed and awaits her husband. However, Helen comes instead of Bill and more friction develops between them. Bill returns home to find Jane packing to leave, and she declares she cannot be a doctor's wife as well as share her husband with another woman. Bill's mother then arrives and tells Jane that she has handicapped Bill personally and professionally. After Bill arranges for Jane to stay at a remote cabin, he loads up the car and they are about to leave when Jane discovers that the twins have eaten poisonous ant paste. They rush to the hospital, where the children have their stomachs pumped and recover. Later, Bill tells Jane, who still intends to leave the next day, that Helen is going off to work in Chicago. Bill's mother then admits to Jane that she persuaded Helen to leave by telling her that she would tell Bill that she and Helen were plotting to break up his marriage. Jane and Mrs. Wright become more friendly, and Jane and Bill reunite. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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