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The Doughgirls (1944)

Arthur and Vivian are just married, but when the get to their honeymoon suite in Washington D.C., they find it occupied. Arthur goes to meet Slade, his new boss, and when he comes back, he ... See full summary »

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James V. Kern

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Joseph Fields (play) (as Joseph A. Fields), Sam Hellman | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Edna Stokes Cadman
Alexis Smith ... Nan Curtiss Dillon
Jack Carson ... Arthur Halstead
Jane Wyman ... Vivian Marsden Halstead
Irene Manning ... Mrs. Sylvia Cadman
Charles Ruggles ... Stanley Slade
Eve Arden ... Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff
John Ridgely ... Julian Cadman
Alan Mowbray ... Breckenridge Drake
John Alexander ... Warren Buckley
Craig Stevens ... Lt. Tom Dillon
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Elizabeth Brush Cartwright
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Mr. Jordan
Donald MacBride ... Judge Franklin
Regis Toomey ... Timothy Walsh - FBI Agent
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Arthur and Vivian are just married, but when the get to their honeymoon suite in Washington D.C., they find it occupied. Arthur goes to meet Slade, his new boss, and when he comes back, he finds three girls in his suite. He orders Vivian to get rid of them, but they are friends of Vivian's and as time goes by, it looks more like Grand Central Station than the quiet honeymoon suite Arthur expected. As long as there is anyone else in the suite, Arthur will not stay there and there will be no honeymoon. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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IT'S A SCREAM ON THE SCREEN! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eran cuatro enamoradas See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play of the same name upon which this film is based opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., on December 30, 1942 and ran for 671 performances until July 29, 1944. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur throws Vivian down on the floor at the end of the film, you can see the part of the floor she lands on give way and spring back. It was constructed so Jane Wyman wouldn't get hurt. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Halstead: [Reading bills] Valet service, cleaning and pressing, $46! What do you dames do to get your clothes so dirty? What are you, commandos?
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Connections

References Sergeant York (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith and Jane Wyman
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Four great actresses for the price of one
5 January 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Frenzied comedy with a dated situation, the housing shortage during WWII in DC, but an amazing cast of brilliant actresses. The golden era of Hollywood had a wonderful surplus of female stars but rarely were so many teamed in one film. The film has many funny lines and they are expertly delivered by the ladies.

It's no surprise that Ann Sheridan is wonderful she was always an outstanding comedienne, skillful with a quip or a withering look.

Alexis Smith gets shortchanged somewhat with the best lines but has a very cute scene on a pretend witness stand and is up to whatever good lines come her way plus she and Ann are ultra glamorous, as befits stars of the period no matter what time it is in the movie day or night or their economic situation they are dressed to the nines and dripping in eye popping jewelry.

Jane Wyman manages to make her character, who can only be described as a borderline idiot, sweet and endearing rather than annoying or irritating which would have been easy from a less talented actress. The role is not something that was alien to her at the time, a feather headed dame, but considering her later work and persona which was much more sober if you only are familiar with that phase of her career this comes as a pleasant surprise.

Even as funny and strong as this trio is they don't stand a chance whenever Eve Arden swoops in as a Russian commando and steals her scenes without breaking a sweat. With undisguised glee she tears into her character with abandon and wipes everybody out of the picture.

On top of all that there's still Charlie Ruggles and Alan Mowbray adding fun touches in support.

A delightful way to spend a couple of hours that this is so obscure is a head scratcher. Sadly it's never been released on any format, hopefully one day it will at least see the light of day on the Warners on demand website.


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