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The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1958 (Brazil)
A teenage American girl while visiting her father, is thrown into London society during the "Debutante Season".

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

William Douglas-Home (screen play) (as William Douglas Home), William Douglas-Home (play) (as William Douglas Home)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Jimmy Broadbent
Kay Kendall ... Sheila Broadbent
John Saxon ... David Parkson
Sandra Dee ... Jane Broadbent
Angela Lansbury ... Mabel Claremont
Peter Myers Peter Myers ... David Fenner
Diane Clare ... Clarissa Claremont
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Storyline

Upon her banking executive father, Lord Jimmy Broadbent (Sir Rex Harrison) remarrying who is now the second Lady Broadbent, Sheila (Kay Kendall), seventeen-year-old Jane Broadbent (Sandra Dee), who has been living in the States with her American mother since the divorce, pays her father in London a visit so that she can meet Sheila. Jane's visit coincides with it being "the season" in London: when all the society debutantes hold their balls to "come out" as being ready to find a suitable mate and marry. Sheila, as her first act of being Jane's British stepmother, wants Jane to come out along with all her British peers. Sheila believes that someone like if not David Fenner (Peter Myers) himself, he a guard at Buckingham Palace, would be a suitable mate for Jane. In attending some of the earlier season balls, Jane not only finds David Fenner a drip, but she also does not want to step on the toes of her first true friend in London, Clarissa Claremont (Diane Clare), who is in love with ... Written by Huggo

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Such Wonderful Screen Fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1958 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamá nos complica la vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,030
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally announced in 1956 to star Debbie Reynolds and for Charles Walters to direct. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Clarissa and Jane ask their parents (Jimmy & Sheila Broadbent and Mabel Claremont) to be let off at the "Changing of the Guard" to take photos. They are let off to walk home afterward, however Jane just arrived from the United States and neither girl has been to the Broadbent's flat before. See more »

Quotes

Sheila Broadbent: What! David Fenner? Let me speak to him again. David, this is Sheila. About your mother, darling...
David Fenner: Well, I'm afraid she's dead, actually.
Sheila Broadbent: Yes, I know, darling, that's why I'm so sorry about asking you to give her my love.
David Fenner: I'm afraid I can't, because she's dead.
Sheila Broadbent: I know, darling, that's why I'm so sorry. It was such a silly mistake to make.
David Fenner: Well, she couldn't help it, actually.
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Referenced in The Making of 'My Fair Lady' (1995) See more »

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Easy to Love
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Music by Cole Porter
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Harrison and Kendall - A Great Comedy Team
20 October 2003 | by smithy-8See all my reviews

This is a cute movie, made funny by Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall. Both actors are superb in comedy, especially in this comedy. It's hard to believe Ms. Kendall would be gone a year later. According to Mr. Harrison's autobiography, he knew his wife was dying, but she did not know. This movie is a wonderful valentine Rex Harrison gave to his wife, Kay Kendall.

A few years earlier, Kay Kendall made a very funny movie, "Simon and Laura" with Peter Finch. Movie is not available on video, so watch for it on television.


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