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Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 February 1939 (USA)
Ellen is a free spirited young woman in love with Doug. Sadly he must leave America for a two year job in Belgium. Ellen and Doug decide to spend their last weekend together in a tourist ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Mark Reed (from the stage play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Priscilla Lane ... Ellen Murray
Jeffrey Lynn ... Douglas Hall
Roland Young ... Titus Jaywood
Fay Bainter ... Ann Murray
May Robson ... 'Granny' Whitman
Genevieve Tobin ... Connie Nevins
Ian Hunter ... Lewis Murray
Robert Homans ... Sgt. Murphy
Edward Gargan ... Police Officer
Spencer Charters ... Angus Dibble
Lottie Williams Lottie Williams ... Martha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Panzer ... Peter (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Ellen is a free spirited young woman in love with Doug. Sadly he must leave America for a two year job in Belgium. Ellen and Doug decide to spend their last weekend together in a tourist cabin at a rural lake. Her family is shocked that a young unmarried woman would engage in such amoral activity. The comic plot develops as Ellen argues her case for women's freedom and independence, trying to win over her mother, grandmother, and other dubious relatives. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I vasilissa tou erotos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Omaha, Nebraska, March 1, 1939: "The City Welfare Board has voted unanimously to ban 'Yes, My Darling Daughter' here. The film was scheduled to open tomorrow at the Brandeis. Action of the board followed a preview of the picture. Members reported there was a general objection to the theme of the movie. A small group of women representing church and other organizations attended the meeting. The stage version of the play is now in rehearsal at the Amaha Community Playhouse, scheduled to open March 6. The board will review it on March 2 at a Playhouse rehearsal. Reports from the Playhouse are to the effect that the play has been considerably altered." See more »

Quotes

Ellen Murray: I'd rather be humiliated than disappointed.
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Connections

Version of Älskling, jag ger mig (1943) See more »

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Yes, My Darling Daughter
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening and end credits
Played as background music often
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What a naughty play
25 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This rather dated comedy involves young Priscilla Lane going unchaperoned to spend a weekend at a lake cabin with Jeffrey Lynn before he goes off to Belgium for a career change and a bit of excitement. It got all the censor's hackles up because the two at the moment are not intending to be married. Today it wouldn't raise a blip.

I'm in agreement with the other reviewer who said there's a whole lot of talking going on. Not as much as in one of Bette Davis's worst films Winter Meeting, still a lot. Today the young folk would be getting it on.

Lane and her grandmother May Robson are having a great old time pointing out to mama Fay Bainter that back in the day she was a frisky young thing herself, all that suffragette activity etc. Fay reacts like a mom, but she's hoisted on her own petard by her past.

Ian Hunter plays dad and he's out sailing on Long Island sound while all this is going on. When he arrives on the scene this pillar of the community proves singularly ineffectual. His sister Genevieve Tobin and house guest Roland Young function as kibitzers.

Hard to believe back in the day that Yes My Darling Daughter got the Legion of Decency in such a snit. The play by Mark Reed ran for 405 performances with a cast I'm sure you mostly never heard of. Just noting the Broadway cast list you can see how the play was expanded a bit for the screen.

One has to wonder that in 1939 those who saw Yes My Darling Daughter had to wonder what happens to all the characters the following year when the Nazis march into Belgium. It certainly had me wondering.

This is a most dated but amusing film.


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