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Listen, Darling (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 21 October 1938 (USA)
To stop Pinkie's mother Dottie from marrying a man they know she does not love, Pinkie and her friend Buzz kidnap her in the family trailer to live a life on the open road without worries ... See full summary »

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Elaine Ryan (screenplay), Anne Morrison Chapin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... 'Pinkie' Wingate
Freddie Bartholomew ... 'Buzz' Mitchell
Mary Astor ... Dottie Wingate
Walter Pidgeon ... Richard Thurlow
Alan Hale ... J.J. Slattery
Scotty Beckett ... Billie Wingate
Barnett Parker ... Abercrombie
Gene Lockhart ... Mr. Drubbs
Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Joe
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Storyline

To stop Pinkie's mother Dottie from marrying a man they know she does not love, Pinkie and her friend Buzz kidnap her in the family trailer to live a life on the open road without worries about how to make ends meet. They then get the idea to find a husband for her whom both she and Pinkie would like. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Taglines:

IT'S GOT THRILLS!...IT'S GOT THROBS!...IT'S GOT SONGS OF LOVE! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Listen, Darling See more »

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Budget:

$566,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Freddie Bartholomew and Judy Garland received star billing above then Hollywood veterans Mary Astor and Walter Pidgeon. See more »

Goofs

When Buzz goes to leave Richard's trailer after meeting him for the first time, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible above the doorway. See more »

Quotes

'Pinkie' Wingate: [sings] I've got you. You've got me. Who cares how rough the road may be? We'll go bumpty, bumpty, bumpty, bump. On the bumpy road to love.
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Connections

References Three Smart Girls (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Pins in the Sky
(1938)
Music and lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and Milton Ager
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Judy Garland (uncredited) in Slattery's home
Reprised a cappella by Judy Garland (uncredited), Walter Pidgeon (uncredited) and Mary Astor (uncredited)
Whistled and sung offscreen by Walter Pidgeon (uncredited)
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Pure Schmaltz! And I loved it every minute of it!
4 August 2016 | by billnich-1See all my reviews

This movie is pure unadulterated schmaltz. It was schmaltz before schmaltz was schmaltzy! But was one of the most enjoyable movies I've ever seen. It was great to see the three young actors (Judy Garland, right before her rise with the Wizard of Oz; Freddie Bartholomew, just as his star was starting to face; and Scotty Beckett, a former Our Gang star who played numerous supporting roles in the 30s), hold their own with three seasoned veterans (Mary Astor, Walter Pigeon and Alan Hale, Sr.).

The plot is contrived, the conclusion predictable, the setting a bit outdated (women were only trained to be homemakers, leaving widows with children in danger of poverty) and the situation completely contrived, but there is nothing to not enjoy in this pure piece of entertainment from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Enjoy it, try not to roll your eyes too much, and recommend it to your friends! They just don't make movies like they used to.


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