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The Petty Girl (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Musical | September 1950 (USA)
An artist famous for his calendar portraits of beautiful women becomes fascinated by a prim and proper professor and tries to get her to pose for his arwork. She declines his offer, but he's determined not to take no for an answer.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Nat Perrin (screenplay), Mary McCarthy (based on a story by) (as Mary Mc Carthy)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... George Petty aka Andrew 'Andy' Tapp
Joan Caulfield ... Prof. Victoria Braymore
Elsa Lanchester ... Dr. Crutcher
Melville Cooper ... Beardsley
Audrey Long ... Mrs. Connie Manton Dezlow
Mary Wickes ... Prof. Whitman
Frank Orth ... Moody
John Ridgely ... Patrolman
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Storyline

An artist famous for his calendar portraits of beautiful women becomes fascinated by a prim and proper professor and tries to get her to pose for his arwork. She declines his offer, but he's determined not to take no for an answer.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das skandalöse Mädchen See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tippi Hedren's first film. She was nineteen when she filmed it. She shows up in the final musical number for a couple of seconds as "Miss Ice Box". Her name doesn't appear in the credits. See more »

Goofs

Movita's hair changes colour (blond to dark) between the start of the "Calypso Song" and the finish. See more »

Soundtracks

Fancy Free
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Joan Caulfield (uncredited) (dubbed by Carol Richards (uncredited))
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Petty, not pretty!
3 February 1999 | by KerrymanSee all my reviews

A terribly dated affair which I doubt was ever entertaining.

A supposed comedy with some musical elements. Neither the comedy nor the music works. The makers of the film appear to have a very narrow view of the world and all situations are forced to agree with this view. An avant garde artist is always impeccably dressed and groomed; the closest he comes to relaxing is loosening his tie. Is this really how it was in 1950?

Robert Cummings does his thing but he is dealing with very weak material set in a very unconvincing situation. Using "fuddy duddy" academia as the background is too lazy an option and doesn't work.

Overall, The Petty Girl is of possible interest to film buffs who search out quaint, unusual films and to fans of Robert Cummings. Otherwise, to be avoided. 2.75.


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