7.2/10
670
38 user 5 critic

Margie (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | November 1946 (USA)
A woman reminisces about her teenage years in the 1920s, when she fell in love with her teacher.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (screen play by), Ruth McKenney (based on stories by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix
State Fair (1945)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Jeanne Crain, William Holden, Edmund Gwenn
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall
Margie (1940)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Directors: Otis Garrett, Paul Gerard Smith
Stars: Tom Brown, Nan Grey, Mischa Auer
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Anne Baxter
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero
The Fan (1949)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lord Windermere appears to all -including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Scott Brady
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Marjorie 'Margie' MacDuff
Glenn Langan ... Prof. Ralph Fontayne
Lynn Bari ... Miss Isabel Palmer
Alan Young ... Roy Hornsdale
Barbara Lawrence ... Marybelle Tenor
Conrad Janis ... Johnny 'Johnikins' Green
Esther Dale ... Grandma McSweeney
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Angus MacDuff
Ann E. Todd ... Joyce Fontayne (as Ann Todd)
Hattie McDaniel ... Cynthia
Edit

Storyline

Margie and her daughter reminisce about Margie's girlhood in the roaring twenties. In flashback, Margie, a smarter, less popular girl at Central High, meets handsome new French teacher Ralph Fontayne; circumstances keep throwing them together and Margie, in company with every other girl in school, develops a crush on him. Then Margie's date for the prom gets sick, and what happens next surprises everyone. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

1940s | flashback | song | singing | singer | See All (39) »

Taglines:

This is the Picture!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo le conocí See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cornel Wilde refused the male lead and was put on suspension. See more »

Goofs

The hairstyles of Jeanne Crain, Barbara Lawrence, and Lynn Bari are strictly 1946, although the story takes place in 1928. See more »

Quotes

Grandma McSweeney: Twenty years from now you'll wonder what you ever saw in Johnny Green.
Margie: Twenty years from now I'll be an old woman and it won't matter what I think.
See more »

Soundtracks

Diane
Written by Erno Rapee and Lew Pollack
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hobart Cavanaugh's Finest Hour on the Screen
28 February 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

Mr. Cavanaugh had a long career, but rarely did he distinguish himself as in his role of the heroine's father in "Margie". His normal roles were of quiet little men, frequently henpecked or bossed about. Here he is a town businessman who rarely communicates with his daughter.

Most of the film deals with small town growing up in the roaring twenties (I notice that the writing credits state the original story is by Ruth McKinney, author of the stories that became "My Sister Eileen" which is about the misadventures of two small town girls trying to make it in New York City in the 1930s). Margie's main tribulations are which of three boy friends (one the school French teacher) she will end up with. That part of the film is justly considered charming, and Jeanne Peters, Alan Young, Conrad Janis, Frank Langan and the rest of the cast do very well here. But it is the part of Mr. Cavanaugh as the father that is the real treat.

Margie has to take part in a debate, and when she mentions this at home her father finally sees an opportunity to get closer to his daughter by helping her. So what is the subject? Should the Coolidge administration keep sending American marines to fight Sandino? Mr. Cavanaugh was expecting some simple topic, like are the old virtues the best. Instead he is forced to ask what Margie is talking about. It seems that in this film (set in 1926) President Coolidge is involved in one of a series of "police actions" that flared up between the Spanish-American War and (say) 1941 in Latin America. This one is in Nicaragua, and involves a popular local "bandit" leader Sandino who is trying to get rid of a corrupt government under a man named Somoza (the father of the Somoza most of us recall from the 1970s). Unfortunately, Somoza is close to American business interests in Nicaragua, so the Coolidge administration is sending Marines in to help catch Sandino.

Cavanaugh has no conception of the background of this, and is amazed to discover this police action is three years old. For the rest of the film whenever we see Cavanaugh he is studying old newspapers, and slowly learning the ugly side of the Monroe Doctrine. And it is riling him. Not only is this un-American imperialism (he's a bit naive there), but there have been injuries and fatalities in this illegal, undeclared war. He becomes a critic of the government policies...an outspoken critic. Finally a respected critic. At the end of the film we learn that Cavanaugh eventually became the Ambassador to Nicaragua.

Would that it could have been that simple, but I note this film is the only one I am aware of (except for the two versions of "Torrid Zone", first with Cagney and then with Reagan - and both are fictionalized versions) that tackle the story of Sandino. He was killed in a government ambush in the early 1930s, but (as we know) his cause survived him. Taken over by left wingers, who called themselves "Sandinistas", they ruled Nicaragua for a number of years in the 1980s, and even now are not out of that country's political system. This then is the only film that actually gets involved in the seed of the problem that helped lead to the "Iran Contra Affair". I cannot think of any other likable little comedy that manages to open up such a curious historical trail. And in doing so it gave Mr. Cavanaugh his big moment to shine on screen.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 38 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed