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Pardon My Past (1945)

An ex-GI wants to open a mink farm in Wisconsin; but is mistaken for a look-alike, a gambler who owes a lot of money.

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Eddie York / Francis Pemberton
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Joan
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Jim Arnold
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Chuck Gibson
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Mary Pemberton
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Grandpa Pemberton
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Uncle Wills
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Stephanie Pemberton
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Mr. Long
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Burch, the Butler
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Recently discharged GI's Eddie York and Chuck Gibson are en route to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to start their own mink farm. While in New York, Eddie is mistaken for wealthy playboy Francis Pemberton and taken to see bookie Jim Arnold, whom Pemberton owes $12,000 in gambling debts. Arnold confiscates Eddie and Chuck's $3,000 savings, and demands the balance by tomorrow. Eddie and Chuck go in search of Francis to get their money back, but with Francis away in Mexico, everyone in the Pemberton household believes Eddie is Francis... Written by L. Hamre

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26 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Hett om öronen  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The $3,000 the guys have for the mink farm would equate to almost $40,000 in 2015. See more »

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When Eddie and Chuck go to look up Pemberton in the phone book, entries above, below and in the column to the right are out of alphabetical order. See more »

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Referenced in Charmed: Pardon My Past (2000) See more »

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MacMurray's Tribute to his Home
7 November 2004 | by (Madison, WI) – See all my reviews

While Fred MacMurray had always held warm feelings for the hometown where he had always been a star, regardless of his Hollywood career, he used Pardon My Past to deliver his most direct tribute to the small Wisconsin community of Beaver Dam.

During MacMurray's childhood, Beaver Dam was relatively isolated at the center point between Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay. Before the advent of the freeway, none of these cities were any less than a day's travel one-way. So, the budding star had to make due with his limited audience, and never disappointed his hometown.

Pardon My Past was the only movie MacMurray ever produced himself. It is the story of two GIs coming back to America after World War II, heading to Beaver Dam to start a mink farm. The city is made reference to no fewer than eight times, or once every eleven minutes, in the movie.

Fred never forgot his roots, he never grew too far away from his home. He adored the friends he made and he loved the city of Beaver Dam up until the day of his death in 1991. He was truly a rarity from any era of Hollywood, and, speaking as a fellow graduate of Beaver Dam High School, we are proud to have called him our own.


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