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Chicken Every Sunday (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 July 1949 (Sweden)
A rueful wife (circa 1910) recalls 20 years of her husband's financial fumbles, as she keeps a boarding house to support the family.

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George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Valentine Davies (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... Jim Hefferan
Celeste Holm ... Emily Hefferan
Colleen Townsend ... Rosemary Hefferan
Alan Young ... Geoffrey Lawson
Natalie Wood ... Ruthie Hefferan
William Frawley ... George Kirby
Connie Gilchrist ... Millie Moon
William Callahan William Callahan ... Harold Crandall
Veda Ann Borg ... Rita Kirby
Porter Hall ... Sam Howell
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Robinson
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Mildred Lawson
Roy Roberts ... Harry Bowers
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Jake Barker
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Storyline

Tucson, Arizona, circa 1910: Emily Hefferan wants a divorce. In flashback, she recalls twenty years of marriage to Jim Hefferan, who sinks every cent of each new windfall in harebrained investments. Emily only keeps a roof over the family by taking in boarders...more and more of them. But Jim's latest deal goes just a little too far. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HERE'S YOUR DISH (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Paco Granados Fan site)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Du poulet tous les dimanches See more »

Filming Locations:

Gardnerville, Nevada, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Warner Bros. first bought the rights to the novel in 1944 and Mervyn LeRoy was hired as the director. But Warners subsequently sold the property to Fox. See more »

Quotes

Emily Hefferan: There are other homes in town that take in guests.
Rita Kirby: Yeah, I tried 'em all. Those dumps are full too. I mean... nice place you got here.
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Followed by The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Hefferan Family (1956) See more »

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When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose
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Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Jack Mahoney
Performed by a chorus during the opening credits
Also played at the dance hall
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A Delicious Slice of Americana
31 July 2002 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

Based on Rosemary Taylor's memoir of life in turn-of-the-century (i.e., circa 1900) Tucson, the book's subtitle tells much of the story -- "My Life with Mama's Boarders." Rosemary's mother was a practical businesswoman who wasn't above renting out every available square foot of her home to make ends meet. This movie, though, like the book, is a delightful look backward at life in a frontier city in the century's first two decades, featuring Celeste Holm as her mother and Dan Dailey as her more fly-by-night father, who always has a get-rich-quick scheme that, somehow, doesn't pan out. In addition to Dailey (who had several short-lived TV series in the 1970s), later generations will enjoy spotting cast members like Alan Young (quite the rising star in 1948, but remembered now mostly as Wilbur Post from "Mr. Ed" and as the voice of Uncle Scrooge in Disney's "Ducktales"), William Frawley (remembered, of course, from "I Love Lucy" and "My Three Sons"), and ubiquitous character actor Whit Bissell, who appeared in everything from "Star Trek" to "I was a Teenage Werewolf."

This movie is another small gem from director George Seaton and his writing partner, Valentine Davies, who also gave the world the original "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Country Girl," and "The Song of Bernadette." Seaton isn't that well-known today, unfortunately, even though almost everyone has seen at least "Miracle on 34th Street," but like Frank Capra, his movies have a quiet humanity that, even when he used a lighter touch (as here), show Seaton's faith in human resilience. When people say that "they don't make them like they used to," they're talking about movies like this.


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