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Louisa (1950)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1950 (USA)
To her family's discomfiture, grandmother Louisa starts dating two men...a grocer and her son's boss.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writer:

Stanley Roberts (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Harold 'Hal' Norton
Charles Coburn ... Abel Burnside
Ruth Hussey ... Meg Norton
Edmund Gwenn ... Henry Hammond
Spring Byington ... Louisa Norton
Piper Laurie ... Cathy Norton
Scotty Beckett ... Jimmy Blake
Jimmy Hunt ... Chris Norton
Connie Gilchrist ... Housekeeper Gladys
Willard Waterman ... Dick Stewart
Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland ... Lil Stewart (as Marjorie Crosland)
Martin Milner ... Bob Stewart
Terry Frost ... Stacy Walker - Square Dance Caller
Dave Willock ... Joe Collins - Cab Driver
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Storyline

The Norton family is in a turmoil due to faultfinding grandma Louisa. Strongly urged to find outside interests, Louisa starts dating grocer Hammond; their necking among the teenagers shocks the latter (!), and Louisa's architect son Hal isn't too thrilled either. So what's to do when Hal's boss Mr. Burnside becomes a rival for Louisa's favors? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO A FAMILY (original half-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luisa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A poster for Universal-International's Harvey (1950) is quite evident outside a movie theatre in this film. See more »

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Twice the usual number of adorable old men!
6 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Edmund Gwenn and Charles Coburn were both wonderful character actors who enhanced many, many films with their charming presence. However, normally a Hollywood film of their era only featured one cute or grouchy old man...and that is why I love "Louisa" as it has a double dose of these guys with BOTH Gwenn and Coburn.

When the film begins, Hal Norton (Ronald Reagan) has come home with great news. However, he's very annoyed to see that instead of celebrating with him, his wife is in a tizzy because Hal's mother, Louisa (Spring Byington) is bored...and when she has nothing to do, Louisa sticks her big nose into everyone's business. So, after Hal talks to her, she decides she needs to get a life of her own outside this home. Soon, she begins dating...first with Mr. Hammond (Gwenn) and later with Hal's boss, Mr. Burnside (Coburn). Both men are absolutely infatuated with her and soon begin to make total fools of themselves...like a couple love-sick 16 year-olds! And as for Hal, he seems to be having a serious Oedipal fixation, as he's really hot and bothered that these men want his mommy.

Overall, this is a silly, fun and light-hearted film...the sort that they just don't make any more...but should. Cute and enjoyable from start to finish.


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