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The Stork Club (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 28 December 1945 (USA)
A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man, he decides to repay her by anonymously giving her a bank account, a luxury apartment ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Walker

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (screenplay) (as B.G. DeSylva), Jack McGowan (screenplay) (as John McGowan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Hutton ... Judy Peabody
Barry Fitzgerald ... Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
Don DeFore ... Sgt. Danny Wilton
Robert Benchley ... Tom P. Curtis
Bill Goodwin ... Sherman Billingsley
Iris Adrian ... Gwen
Mikhail Rasumny ... Mr. Coretti
Mary Young ... Mrs. Edith Bates
Andy Russell ... Jim Jones
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A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man, he decides to repay her by anonymously giving her a bank account, a luxury apartment and a charge account at a department store. When her boyfriend (DeFore) returns from overseas, he thinks she is a kept woman. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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A Gay and Glittering Musical Romance Behind the Scenes of the World Famous Night Spot See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stork Club See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 24, 1947 with Betty Hutton reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Judy Peabody: You know I think he's a bit screwy, he thinks a girl named Ruby Stevens is Barbara Stanwyck!
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Connections

Edited into Moments in Music (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
(1945) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Betty Hutton
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Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
13 July 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Mistakenly thinking the old man is committing suicide, two-piece bathing-suited Betty Hutton (as Judy Peabody) jumps in and saves eccentrically wealthy Barry Fitzgerald (as Jerry "Pop" Bates) from drowning. He decides to reward Ms. Hutton, who is barely making ends meet as a hat-check girl at "The Stork Club" in New York City. Mr. Fitzgerald becomes Hutton's mysterious benefactor, giving her an all-expenses paid apartment and a luxurious line of credit.

Suddenly rich, Hutton decides to help poor Fitzgerald, unaware he is behind her wealth. Complicating matters, Hutton's boyfriend Don DeFore (as Danny Wilton) thinks she's become Fitzgerald's high-paid mistress.

This is light, sentimental comedy infused by the personalities of its stars. The film really jumps to life when Hutton sings "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" which entered the record charts just before the film's release, and stuck around through the spring of 1946, going to #1 for two weeks. The song, which features a great Hutton vocal and infectious chorus, was her biggest chart hit, beating down competing versions from Les Brown and Hoagy Carmichael (who wrote the music).

***** The Stork Club (12/19/45) Hal Walker ~ Betty Hutton, Barry Fitzgerald, Don DeFore, Robert Benchley


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