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For the Love of Mary (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 September 1948 (USA)
Young girl gets a job at the White House as a switchboard operator and gets mixed up in politics.

Writer:

Oscar Brodney (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Mary Peppertree
Edmond O'Brien ... Lt. Tom Farrington
Don Taylor ... David Paxton
Jeffrey Lynn ... Phillip Manning
Ray Collins ... Harvey Elwood
Hugo Haas ... Gustav Heindel
Harry Davenport ... Justice Peabody
Griff Barnett ... Timothy Peppertree
Katharine Alexander ... Miss Harkness
James Todd James Todd ... Justice Van Sloan
Morris Ankrum ... Adm. Walton
Frank Conroy ... Samuel Litchfield
Leon Belasco ... Igor
Louise Beavers ... Bertha
Raymond Greenleaf ... Justice Williams
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Mary Peppertree, a switchboard operator in the White House, is being courted by three men; Philip Manning, an attorney; Navy Lieutenant Tom Farrington, naval-aide to the President; and David Paxton, whose father owns an island in the Pacific. When the U.S. Navy negotiates for the purchase of the island for a base, David agrees to sell on two conditions - that Philip be made a judge in a court at least 1500 miles from Washigton, and that Lieutenant Farrington be given sea duty. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Trivia

This film, along with Deanna Durbin's prior release that year, Up in Central Park (1948), did mediocre business at the box office. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen at Gustav's, Mary is wearing earrings in some shots, but not in others. See more »

Quotes

David Paxton: "Young lady," said the mysterious diner, "do you know the meaning of the word bumbledon? Bumbledon is the pomposity of petty officials, little people in little jobs, who think the world will stop turning without them."
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Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Sung by the Supreme Court justices
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A delightful, charming, effervescent romantic comedy!
15 May 2002 | by caribenoSee all my reviews

What a way to go! "For The Love of Mary" was Deanna Durbin's swansong. She proves what a charming, sparkling entertainer she was in her role as Mary Peppertree, a White House operator. This film (in it's acting, casting of veteran character actors, such as Harry Davenport and Louise Beavers, and it's lyrical though swift pacing) really marks the end of romantic comedy as practiced by the practitioners of screwball comedy. Romantic comedies would never again be this light, unpretentious, and wholesome, in my opinion.

Deanna Durbin shines as a comedic actress in this film as she never did as an adult performer because she never had a comedy script as bright and as fresh as this one. The chemistry between her and Edmond O'Brien is strong and sexy. This is one of the few romantic comedies to believably transport one to an idyllic world in which everyone can be lighthearted and in love with life if one were only in the right place and with the right kind of people.

"For The Love of Mary" deserves far more widespread viewing and critical praise than it currently has. It is great that it is now on video for all to appreciate.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever Yours See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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