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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in Omaha Sunday 28 December 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), and soon became a popular local favorite as it was first aired in Seattle 10 January 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), and in St. Louis 16 May 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4). In Detroit, WJBK (Channel 2), spread it out over three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 21, 22, and 23 October 1959. In Milwaukee it was first telecast 10 November 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Johnstown 4 December 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Chicago 19 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). In more recent years it's had occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. 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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Featured in The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) See more »

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Three Little Fishies (Itty Bitty Poo)
Word & Music by Saxie Dowell
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A Superior Soap Opera
7 July 1999 | by Leo-86See all my reviews

To Each His Own covers more than twenty years in the life of Josephine "Jody" Norris (Olivia DeHavilland), a successful American-born businesswoman now working in London as an air raid warden. Jody thinks back to an earlier time in her life when she had fallen in love with a handsome WWI fighter pilot named Bart Cosgrove (John Lund, in his motion picture debut). Shortly after she becomes pregnant by Cosgrove, Jody learns he has been killed in action. To avoid public scandal, she concocts a scheme to keep her child, but it backfires. Her son, who becomes a fighter pilot like his late father, doesn't know who his real mother is. But Jody's confidante, Lord Desham (Roland Culver, in a wonderfully understated performance), does, and he believes it's his duty to right the situation. A superior soap opera, the film is deftly directed by Mitchell Leisen and features restrained, impressive performances by the entire cast. For her efforts as Jody, deHavilland won the 1946 Oscar for Best Actress. Victor Young's music is never overbearing, and Charles Brackett and Jacques Thery's screenplay is wise and intelligently written.


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