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Listen, Darling (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 21 October 1938 (USA)
To stop Pinkie's mother Dottie from marrying a man they know she does not love, Pinkie and her friend Buzz kidnap her in the family trailer to live a life on the open road without worries ... See full summary »

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Edwin L. Marin

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Elaine Ryan (screenplay), Anne Morrison Chapin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... 'Pinkie' Wingate
Freddie Bartholomew ... 'Buzz' Mitchell
Mary Astor ... Dottie Wingate
Walter Pidgeon ... Richard Thurlow
Alan Hale ... J.J. Slattery
Scotty Beckett ... Billie Wingate
Barnett Parker ... Abercrombie
Gene Lockhart ... Mr. Drubbs
Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Joe
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To stop Pinkie's mother Dottie from marrying a man they know she does not love, Pinkie and her friend Buzz kidnap her in the family trailer to live a life on the open road without worries about how to make ends meet. They then get the idea to find a husband for her whom both she and Pinkie would like. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Taglines:

IT'S GOT THRILLS!...IT'S GOT THROBS!...IT'S GOT SONGS OF LOVE! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Garotos Endiabrados See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland sings a slow version of the song she originally sang for her MGM audition, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart." For "Listen, Darling" the song was also prerecorded with a hot second chorus, but that version was shelved in favor of a gentler approach in the final cut. See more »

Quotes

'Buzz' Mitchell: I might as well try to reason with a piece of cheese as women.
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References Three Smart Girls (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Pins in the Sky
(1938)
Music and lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and Milton Ager
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Judy Garland (uncredited) in Slattery's home
Reprised a cappella by Judy Garland (uncredited), Walter Pidgeon (uncredited) and Mary Astor (uncredited)
Whistled and sung offscreen by Walter Pidgeon (uncredited)
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Raining Ten Pins In the Sky
28 March 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Judy Garland is concerned that mom Mary Astor might be marrying prim and proper banker Gene Lockhart for all the wrong reasons. She concocts a scheme with friend Freddie Bartholomew to kidnap mom and little brother Scotty Beckett in a motor home and head for the open road so she can see what's out there.

I know it sounds like a crazy plot, but it actually is both funny and charming. Judy gets to introduce one of her standards, Zing When the Strings of My Heart and later on during a thunderstorm she comforts Scotty Beckett with the song It's Raining Ten Pins in the Sky. Of course that is a total ripoff of what Bing Crosby sang in the exact same situation in Pennies from Heaven, but who cares.

On the road the family meets both Walter Pigeon and Alan Hale, both more acceptable choices for the widow Astor. Who does she choose. You'll have to sit through Judy Garland singing some really nice songs in her inimitable style to find out.

Not a bad trade, not a bad trade at all.


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