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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 1941 (USA)
Dedicated Midwestern teacher Ella Bishop is distressed when her fiancé runs off with her vixenish cousin Amy. After Amy dies in childbirth, Ella is left to care for Amy's daughter Hope.

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Tay Garnett

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Bess Streeter Aldrich (novel), Stephen Vincent Benet (screen adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Scott ... Ella Bishop
William Gargan ... Sam Peters
Edmund Gwenn ... President Corcoran
Sterling Holloway ... Chris Jensen
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Bishop
Sidney Blackmer ... John Stevens
Mary Anderson ... Amy Saunders
Donald Douglas ... Delbert Thompson
Marsha Hunt ... Hope Thompson
John Archer ... Richard Clark (as Ralph Bowman)
Lois Ranson ... Gretchen Clark
Rosemary DeCamp ... Minna Fields
Knox Manning ... Anton Radcheck
John Arledge ... 'Snapper' MacRae
Jack Mulhall ... Professor Carter
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Spinster septuagenarian Ella Bishop, on the brink of retirement from her fifty-two year career as the freshman English teacher at small town Midwestern University, her alma mater, wants to look toward the future, but can't help reflect upon her past, what brought her to this point. Although she always wanted to be a teacher and was both surprised and ecstatic when her mentor, Midwestern's then President James Corcoran, offered her the English teacher opening upon graduation, she only saw it as one short phase of her life until she got married and had a family, unlike her younger cousin, Amy Saunders, who solely needed romance and love to feel fulfilled. She thinks about the two men with who she was mutually in love and would have married if she could have if it not for one circumstance or another, and the one man whose love for her was and is unrequited, at least in the romantic sense, but who was and has always been there for her. Although never haven given birth to a child of her ... Written by Huggo

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One of the year's most inspired pictures...a warm, glowing story of real American people...their gayety and laughter, the dreams and desires, their problems, their loves...all the poignant romance and exciting drama of living...manifold elements that make up the very fabric of American life...brilliantly combined in a great film. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dueña de su destino See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its first documented telecasts in New York City Thursday 7 August 1947 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Washington DC Sunday 8 February 1948 on WNBW (Channel 4), in St. Louis Sunday 23 May 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in both Philadelphia and Baltimore Tuesday 1 June 1948 on WPTZ (Channel 3) and WBAL (Channel 11), in Lowell MA (serving the Boston Area) Saturday 28 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Saturday 12 March 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in Cincinnati Monday 12 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

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John Stevens: [Examining the label on a wine bottle] Orvieto...
Ella Bishop: Orvieto? Should know but I don't.
John Stevens: It's a little Italian town, Orvieto. Sunny and warm, it's flooded with warm sunlight. I remember once seeing one beggar there with a beautiful flower and a ragged hat. He was perfectly happy.
Ella Bishop: A beggar with a flower in his ragged hat. And sunlight...
John Stevens: I stayed there for weeks and weeks. I ate chestnut bread with the peasants and drank the new wine. And *I* was perfectly happy. Then I went on to Rome; I did ...
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Too much syrup in the script...
17 February 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The best that can be said for CHEERS FOR MISS BISHOP is MARTHA SCOTT gives a quietly understated performance as the lovelorn school marm in the title role. She's clearly the film's best asset.

The script is a mawkish thing, unabashedly sentimental in the tradition of "women's films" of the '40s, never missing an opportunity for a close-up of tearful, self-effacing, noble Miss Bishop as she is forced to discard all of the men who genuinely love her.

With barely a hint of comedy to lighten the dramatics, it wallows in artificial soap suds for the greater part of its length. WILLIAM GARGAN is pleasant as her life-long friend and companion who loves her from afar, and MARSHA HUNT, SIDNEY BLACKMER and STERLING HOLLOWAY do nicely in supporting roles.

MARY ANDERSON plays the vampish "other woman" with batting eyes and coquettish ways in what must be her most overbaked style. Her winning Scott's beau with her wily ways in the moonlight makes for a plot device hard to swallow. EDMUND GWENN lends his solid, dignified presence to the role of a school president who encourages Scott on her decision to remain a teacher at the hometown college.

Through all of the tears, Miss Scott remains as noble as Greer Garson ever was in any of her MGM long-suffering parts thanks to the advice she's always getting from others in the way of modern methods.

Summing up: A poor man's "Chips", overly sentimental story of an old maid schoolteacher with too much syrup in the script--too heavy on unending sentiment.

Trivia note: For a saga that covers some 60 years in the life of a schoolmarm, the make-up artists opted for unconvincing white wigs with unlined faces.

As Miss Bishop, Martha Scott remains just as trim in old age as she was as a young woman instead of undergoing a more realistic aging, as did Olivia de Havilland for her character in TO EACH HIS OWN.


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