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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | November 1944 (USA)
A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.

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Tay Garnett

Writers:

Robert Thoeren (screenplay), Polly James (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Susie Parkington
Walter Pidgeon ... Major Augustus Parkington
Edward Arnold ... Amory Stilham
Agnes Moorehead ... Aspasia Conti
Cecil Kellaway ... Edward, Prince of Wales
Gladys Cooper ... Alice, Duchess de Brancourt
Frances Rafferty ... Jane Stilham
Tom Drake ... Ned Talbot
Peter Lawford ... Lord Thornley
Dan Duryea ... Jack Stilham
Hugh Marlowe ... John Marbey
Selena Royle ... Mattie Trounson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Signor Cellini
Lee Patrick ... Madeleine Parkington Swann
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Carolers (as Saint Luke's Choristers)
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Storyline

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, and establishes their home among the wealthiest of New York's high society. Family and social life is not always peaceful, however, and she guides us, in flashbacks, through the rises and falls of the Parkington family fortunes. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una gran dama See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fourth of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. See more »

Goofs

The gypsy fiddler plays Johann Strauss's "Roses from the South" on violin in a scene set in 1872, but that music was written in 1880. See more »

Quotes

Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt: [to Al Swann] You're a cowboy aren't you?
Madeleine Parkington Swann: He's a rancher.
Al Swann: Is there something wrong with being a cowboy?
Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt: On the contrary. I'm sure you had no problem roping her.
Madeleine Parkington Swann: Oh, shut up! You'd better take some peppermints before Grandmother comes down. If there are candles on the table that breath of yours will burst into flames.
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Alternate Versions

In the European released version, Cecil Kellaway was replaced by 'Hugo Haas' and the role was changed to "Balkan King." Also, Tala Birell's character was changed to simply "Countess" instead of "Lady Norah Ebbsworth." Three actors in casting call lists but who were not in the U.S. print (Ann Codee, George Davis and Frank Reicher may also have been in this version (see the trivia section.) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by a band, including Franco Corsaro on violin, in the bridal suite at the Hotel Royal
Reprised on piano by Agnes Moorehead
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A subtle wit at work
6 February 2007 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

This appears at first to be a familiar kind of opulent family-through-the-generations saga. And Greer Garson was one of the queens of the genre.

But underlying this throughout is a droll, adult subtle wit. And the stylish stars to deliver it. There are those fairly subtle remarks which make the attractive guest smirk and the wife glare at her husband, all of whom are bound by the rules of politeness never to directly say what is, we so gather, very much going on. Remarks intended to indicate just to husband and wife that the attractive guest knows more about the husband's likes and dislikes than does his wife. They are such that other guests - and possibly some viewers - would be unaware of the true state of play. Fully adult themes with never a glimpse of stocking.

I didn't intend watching this but just heard the small bit of banter from actor Cecil Kellaway(as the Prince of Wales) who has a surprise meeting with Mrs Parkington. Rarely have I heard words spoken with, how to say it, a more skillful modulation. The speaker, who Mrs Parkington fails to recognise, is no ordinary person. The same thing could be said about the film.


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