Suddenly, It's Spring (1947)

87 mins | Screwball comedy | 21 March 1947

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Producer:

Claude Binyon

Cinematographer:

Daniel L. Fapp

Editor:

Alma Macrorie

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, John Meehan

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Paramount and David O. Selznick's company went into arbitration with the MPAA over the rights to the title Suddenly, It's Spring . The Selznick picture was retitled The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (see above). The film marked screenwriter Claude Binyon's first effort at producing. Binyon went on to direct several films between 1948 and 1953, after which he returned to screenwriting exclusively. According to Par News , the film's nightclub set was constructed from panels of the ballroom of the sixty-year-old Vanderbilt mansion in New York City, which had been purchased by Paramount in 1945 and was once the largest private ballroom in the United States. Shots of the S.S. Queen Mary were filmed at San Pedro Harbor, and the scene of the break-away phonebooth was shot at LaGuardia Field, New York. This film marked MacDonald Carey's return to the screen after three years in the Marines. Suddenly, It's Spring was reissued in Aug ... More Less

Paramount and David O. Selznick's company went into arbitration with the MPAA over the rights to the title Suddenly, It's Spring . The Selznick picture was retitled The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (see above). The film marked screenwriter Claude Binyon's first effort at producing. Binyon went on to direct several films between 1948 and 1953, after which he returned to screenwriting exclusively. According to Par News , the film's nightclub set was constructed from panels of the ballroom of the sixty-year-old Vanderbilt mansion in New York City, which had been purchased by Paramount in 1945 and was once the largest private ballroom in the United States. Shots of the S.S. Queen Mary were filmed at San Pedro Harbor, and the scene of the break-away phonebooth was shot at LaGuardia Field, New York. This film marked MacDonald Carey's return to the screen after three years in the Marines. Suddenly, It's Spring was reissued in Aug 1948. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Feb 1947.
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Daily Variety
10-Feb-47
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Film Daily
13 Feb 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 46
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Feb 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 46
p. 1, 5
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 47
p. 8, 15
Independent Film Journal
16 Mar 46
p. 50.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Feb 1947.
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New York Times
27 Feb 47
p. 26.
Variety
12 Feb 47
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Fredric M. Santley
Ricky Riccardi
James Dundee
Billy Vincent
Pat McVeigh
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Mitchell Leisen Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Bus mgr
Tech adv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sentimental Journey
Release Date:
21 March 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 26 February 1947
Production Date:
25 February--late April 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 February 1947
Copyright Number:
LP890
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in feet):
7,863
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11519
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1945, WAC Captain Mary Morely, who is called "Captain Lonelyhearts" because of her expertise in counseling couples separated by war on how to stay together, returns home. She is met at the docks by her husband Peter, who is carrying divorce papers for her to sign so that he can marry his pushy girl friend, Gloria Faye. Peter and Mary, who made up the law firm of Morely & Morely before the war, have not seen each other since 1941. In a heated moment years earlier, Mary, who was absorbed in her career, suggested that Peter and she separate, but now she regrets her words. During her first night home, Mary dresses up to meet Peter in a nightclub, and asks Jack Lindsay, one of his clients, to take Gloria there. Mary then sneaks out of the club with Jack, who is attracted to her, and dresses in lingerie in anticipation of Peter's return home. Peter, however, leaves the divorce papers for her to sign, and the next day she leaves for a new assignment at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Peter and Jack follow her on the train west, and Peter repeatedly gets off the train to call Gloria and report that Mary has yet to sign the divorce papers. Also on board is a young WAC whose husband, who was unable to serve, resents her newfound pride in her military work. By convincing him that the Army teaches a woman how to be a woman, Mary sexually intrigues the husband so much that he takes his wife back. Peter, inspired by the idea that Mary is now more of a woman ... +


In 1945, WAC Captain Mary Morely, who is called "Captain Lonelyhearts" because of her expertise in counseling couples separated by war on how to stay together, returns home. She is met at the docks by her husband Peter, who is carrying divorce papers for her to sign so that he can marry his pushy girl friend, Gloria Faye. Peter and Mary, who made up the law firm of Morely & Morely before the war, have not seen each other since 1941. In a heated moment years earlier, Mary, who was absorbed in her career, suggested that Peter and she separate, but now she regrets her words. During her first night home, Mary dresses up to meet Peter in a nightclub, and asks Jack Lindsay, one of his clients, to take Gloria there. Mary then sneaks out of the club with Jack, who is attracted to her, and dresses in lingerie in anticipation of Peter's return home. Peter, however, leaves the divorce papers for her to sign, and the next day she leaves for a new assignment at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Peter and Jack follow her on the train west, and Peter repeatedly gets off the train to call Gloria and report that Mary has yet to sign the divorce papers. Also on board is a young WAC whose husband, who was unable to serve, resents her newfound pride in her military work. By convincing him that the Army teaches a woman how to be a woman, Mary sexually intrigues the husband so much that he takes his wife back. Peter, inspired by the idea that Mary is now more of a woman than ever, begins to renew his passionate love for her. Jack wants Mary for himself, so he advises Peter to act like a swaggering, cigar-smoking boor in the hope he will repulse Mary. Mary is saddened by Peter's desperate attempts to get rid of her, so she relents just as Gloria arrives and finds Peter and Mary in a bridal suite in Illinois. On the day Peter moves out of their apartment, Mary points out a closet full of discarded objects from their marriage. Overcome with sentiment, Peter transforms himself into the boor again for Gloria and leaves her. He then reconciles with Mary in a swank restaurant as she is dining with Jack. In the cab back home, Peter asks Mary what she told the husband the army does to women--and she kisses him to demonstrate. +

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