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Nobody's Darling (1943)

Approved | | Musical | 27 August 1943 (USA)
Teens of Hollywood parents board at an exclusive school and grapple with the usual teen issues while preparing to put on a show.


Anthony Mann


Olive Cooper, F. Hugh Herbert (story)


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Cast overview:
Mary Lee ... Janie Farnsworth
Louis Calhern ... Curtis Farnsworth
Gladys George ... Eve Hawthorne
Jackie Moran ... Charles Grant Jr.
Lee Patrick ... Miss Pennington
Benny Bartlett ... Julius aka The Deacon (as Bennie Bartlett)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Lois
Roberta Smith Roberta Smith ... Texas Gleason
Lloyd Corrigan ... Charles Grant Sr.
Jonathan Hale ... Jason Rhodes
Sylvia Field ... Miss Campbell
Billy Dawson Billy Dawson ... Jerry Hoke
Beverly Boyd Beverly Boyd ... Corabelle Fiefield


Teens of Hollywood parents board at an exclusive school and grapple with the usual teen issues while preparing to put on a show.

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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Huérfanos de la fama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Charles Grant Jr.: Dad, I've been trying to tell you - we weren't gonna elope. I only followed her to bring her home.
Charles Grant Sr.: Why?
Charles Grant Jr.: Because her running out left me holding the bag. She's my leading lady, and the show goes on tonight.
Charles Grant Sr.: By tonight you'll be on your way to your Uncle Wilbur's farm.
Charles Grant Jr.: What'll I do on a farm?
Charles Grant Sr.: You'll do what I did at your age: work! You'll... you'll till the soil and... and grow the crops.
Charles Grant Jr.: Crops? What do I know about crops? I'm... I'm a writer.
Charles Grant Sr.: Well, you'll fit in perfectly - your uncle raises ...
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Some Good Songs, Some Good Lines
20 December 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Gladys George is getting too mature for the studio, and they wish to buy out her contract. Her husband, Louis Calhern decides to protect her from this, and announces his retirement. Because their contracts are linked, this means she has to retire too. He goes up to Lee Patrick's school, where daughter Mary Lee is enrolled, tells her about the subterfuge, and they head down to Hollywood, where Miss George is having a nervous breakdown. Miss Lee decides to get a role in the school play written by Jackie Moran. Her acting is poor, but she's got a great voice.

These two plots are blended a bit clumsily. The youngsters, all playing children of show business parents, are ambitious, talented and a bit deserving of mockery; the older actors gets all the good lines, particularly Lloyd Corrigan as Moran's father. Although he is not credited, I suspect he punched up his lines, and journeyman director Anthony Mann did not object.

Miss Lee has quite the voice, singing four standards. She had entered the movies as a child performer in Warner Brothers' NANCY DREW series, then over to Republic, where they tried to make her a star in the mold of Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin. The effort would end the next year, and she would retire for a long marriage, dying in 1996 at the age of 71.

There had long been children's movies, but the rise of "young adult" movies was a bit more erratic. The Second World War was a big impetus; with men away fighting the war and growing prosperity -- including part-time jobs for youngsters -- there was a definite market for movie to appeal to the teen-aged audience that were not westerns. The writers and producers clearly were unsure how to deal with them, so they put older actors in to broaden the audience. Even through the 1960s, the studios would hire Buster Keaton to do so for movies about kids at the beach, in the same way that early Blaxploitation movies would have a superannuated White star in a prominent role.

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