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The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 19 February 1943 (USA)
A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.

Directors:

Bruce Manning, Jean Renoir (uncredited)

Writers:

Frank Ryan (screen play), Hans Jacoby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Ruth Kirke Holliday
Edmond O'Brien ... Tom Holliday
Barry Fitzgerald ... Timothy Blake
Arthur Treacher ... Henderson
Harry Davenport ... Commodore Thomas Spencer Holliday
Grant Mitchell ... Edgar Holliday
Frieda Inescort ... Karen Holliday
Elisabeth Risdon ... Louise Holliday
Jonathan Hale ... Ferguson
Esther Dale ... Lucy
Gus Schilling ... Jeff Adams
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Dr. Kirke (as J. Frank Hamilton)
Christopher Severn Christopher Severn ... Orphan
Yvonne Severn Yvonne Severn ... Orphan
Vido Rich Vido Rich ... Orphan
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Storyline

Ruth Kirke (Deanna Durbin), an American school teacher at a missionary in China, is smuggling nine recently-orphaned Chinese children back to the United States. En route, the ship on which they are traveling is torpedoed and, after being rescued , the only way the children can get into America , is by lying that her husband, who has promised to adopt the children, is the missing owner of the torpedoed ship. Multile complications arise. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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What she does to San Francisco...hasn't been done since the earthquake! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever Yours See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 4, 1946 with Edmond O'Brien reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Refrain
(uncredited)
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Lyrics by Alice Mattullath
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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A gentle story of orphans uprooted by war-torn China
1 April 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

This is a heartwarming story that begins with the upheavals of war in China and how young lives find a new life in America. The lovely Deanna Durbin is protector of eight orphans and such is her dedication that she falls in with sailor Barry Fitzgerald's little scheme of pretending to be the widow of the elderly Commodore Holliday, with the resultant confusion, hilarious moments and bittersweet outcomes. Ms Durbin sings some fine old favorites and I particularly liked "Mighty Like a Rose" which she sings beautifully. It has light romance, comedy, and tender moments and is well recommended as excellent family fare.


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