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Kitty (1945)

Approved | | Drama, History | 25 January 1946 (USA)
An 18th century London wench gets involved with the nobility.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Rosamond Marshall (novel), Karl Tunberg | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulette Goddard ... Kitty
Ray Milland ... Sir Hugh Marcy
Patric Knowles ... Brett Harwood Earl of Carstairs
Reginald Owen ... Duke of Malmunster
Cecil Kellaway ... Thomas Gainsborough
Constance Collier ... Lady Susan Dowitt
Dennis Hoey ... Jonathan Selby
Sara Allgood ... Old Meg
Eric Blore ... Dobson
Gordon Richards ... Sir Joshua Reynolds
Michael Dyne Michael Dyne ... Prince of Wales
Edgar Norton ... Earl of Campton
Patricia Cameron Patricia Cameron ... Elaine Carlisle
Percival Vivian Percival Vivian ... Dr. Holt
Mary Gordon ... Nanny
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Storyline

London, 1783: Kitty, a saucy wench of the slums, meets the painter Gainsborough by stealing his shoes. He paints her as an "anonymous lady" who excites the interest of his noble friends, notably penniless Sir Hugh Marcy, who schemes to pass Kitty off as a genuine lady (a formidable task) and marry her off for financial gain. But Kitty has her own ideas about the uses of matrimony. Lots of decolletage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She made a career out of love.

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La duchesse des bas-fonds See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Gainsborough's painting, The Blue Boy, was bought in 1921 by American railroad pioneer Henry Edwards Huntington. It is now on display in the Huntington Library of San Marino, California. See more »

Quotes

Prince of Wales: Gad, how extraordinary. Why does such a charming creature throw herself away on such a bounder?
Thomas Gainsborough: I don't know sir. He's so far beneath her.
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Referenced in The Snoop Sisters: The Female Instinct (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

TAMBOURIN
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Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Danced by uncredited actress (character Signorina Baccelli)
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Delightful rags-to-riches romp with a Pygmalion theme
5 November 2000 | by twinningSee all my reviews

Amusing and witty story of a street girl (Paulette Goddard) in 18th century London, who rises to become a duchess.

Of particular note is Constance Collier, showing off a brilliant flare for comedy as Lady Susan Dowitt, an aging courtesan who instructs Goddard in matters of gentility. Constance had a long career on stage and screen going back to the silent era, and this film displays her talents as a fine comedienne.


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