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To Each His Own (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 12 March 1946 (USA)
An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screenplay), Jacques Théry (screenplay) (as Jacques Thery) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia de Havilland ... Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris (as Olivia De Havilland)
Mary Anderson ... Corinne Piersen
Roland Culver ... Lord Desham
Phillip Terry ... Alex Piersen
Bill Goodwin ... Mac Tilton
Virginia Welles ... Liz Lorimer
Victoria Horne ... Nurse Daisy Gingras
Griff Barnett ... Daniel Norris
Alma Macrorie Alma Macrorie ... Belle Ingram
Billy Ward Billy Ward ... Gregory - Younger (as Bill Ward)
Frank Faylen ... Babe
Willard Robertson ... Dr. Hunt
Arthur Loft ... Bernadock Clinton
Virginia Farmer ... Mrs. Cora Clinton
Doris Lloyd ... Miss Pringle
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Storyline

During World War I, small-town girl Josephine Norris has an illegitimate son by an itinerant pilot. After a scheme to adopt him ends up giving him to another family, she devotes her life to loving him from afar. Written by Mark Foltz <foltz@triton.wustl.edu>

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A Great Picture! You'll Thrill to Every Moment! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lágrimas de una madre See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Roland Culver's first American film. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Cosgrove shuts off the power to his biplane it continues to glide on a level path. Biplanes have very high drag because they have two wings and all the supports in between. The plane would have started to fall toward the ground, not continue on. The clouds in the background show a level path of travel. See more »

Quotes

Lord Desham: In case of accident or death, notify whom?
Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris: My lawyer.
Lord Desham: Mmmm. Same here. Freaks! That's what we are, a tad of freaks.
Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris: Nonsense!
Lord Desham: Halfway through life and the warmest high we can produce is a paid fellow that does our business for us.
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Connections

Referenced in That Girl: To Each Her Own (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Little Fishies (Itty Bitty Poo)
Word & Music by Saxie Dowell
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A fine drama of devotion and a mother's love
19 November 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

What a gentle, tender story! This is a Romance 'par excellence' handled with maturity, insight, and simply told in flashbacks which take us back to earlier years, into the realities of life for a young woman who loses her true love during wartime (WW1) then finds herself unmarried and bringing a child into the world whom she must give up afterwards due to a twist in circumstances. It's a truly wonderful role for Olivia de Havilland, as Jodie Norris, and I can't think of anyone else who could play it so convincingly.

Roland Culver, in his supporting role as Lord Desham, provides a substantial backup for the elderly 'Jodie' who meets him rather abrasively during WW2 days but later relates to him the personal tragedy in her youth. He has the presence of mind and determination to see that old wrongs are set aright -- all of which leads to one of the most beautiful endings to a film anyone could wish for.

It's a film that poignantly reflects the war years when so many lives were uprooted, hopes dashed, yet carried on with courage. I wish they made more films like this one, it's a gem.


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