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Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 5 January 1949 (Sweden)
A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Faith Baldwin (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeanne Crain ... Peggy Taylor
William Holden ... Jason Taylor
Edmund Gwenn ... Prof. Henry Barnes
Gene Lockhart ... Prof. Edward Bell
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Philip Conway
Randy Stuart ... Dorothy
Betty Lynn ... Wife (as Betty Ann Lynn)
Marion Marshall ... Ruth
Pati Behrs Pati Behrs ... Jeanne
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Storyline

Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband Jason, a former GI struggling to finish college. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Dachkammer für zwei See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 2, 1949 with Jeanne Crain reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Taylor: Do you know that in a recent survey 64% of all used car salesmen said they wished they gone into some other field.
Jason Taylor: You made that up! You're always making up statistics. Why?
Peggy Taylor: Of course I made it up. Somebody's always making up statistics, it might as well be me. You'd be surprised how many arguments I win with my statistics. If I get in a spot, I just say, 36% or 400 million. Nobody ever bothers to check up. They just say, 'My, I never realized it was that much'. And when I walk away they think ...
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Soundtracks

Clarinet Quintet in A Major: Third Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Gold in the Unlikeliest Places
30 July 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Behind the misleadingly sappy title lies one of the decade's most positive and humorously enriching films. On the surface, the story is about the post-war housing shortage and the difficulties returning vets had in trying to start a family in old trailers, quonset huts, or whatever lodging could be slapped together. Peggy (Jeanne Crain) is a charmingly spunky newly-wed whose husband (William Holden) is in college on the GI Bill. There she meets stodgy old professor (Edmund Gwenn) and tries to talk her way into making his attic a new home for the couple and their expected baby. The trouble is Gwenn has turned his big old house into a mausoleum in tribute to his dead wife. Now he lives alone, in despair. Having completed his life's work he sees no further point in living and thus looks forward to suicide. In the process, however, he fails to factor in the life-affirming powers of youthful zest, old-age wisdom, and the wonderfully spirited Peggy.

What a fine piece of obscure film-making, from scripter-director George Seaton and the cast of three principals, though Crain is a bit much at times. The film must have cost about 50 bucks to make since nearly all the scenes are indoors, but seldom has movie-making money been better spent. Beneath the post-war plot, there's a parable about generational sharing in which each age group brings uniquely enriching benefits to those around them. Thus, Peggy brings hope, joy, and a real home to the others, while husband Holden, though sometimes wayward, brings dedication, hard work, and finally a sense of real values. And as the ivory-tower professor, Gwenn contributes from the wisdom of the ages, but also finds that true philosophical thinking lies not on the dead pages of old books, but can also be found in the unlikeliest of places-- in a launderette full of seemingly empty-headed young wives. That superbly humane scene alone is worth the 90 minutes of watching.

A movie like this could have gone off-track in so many places. The material alone might easily have slid into the sort of tear-jerking treatment that would send me running for the off-button. But never do the on-screen results descend to a sappy level. Instead Seaton and Co. maintain a consistently light and intelligent touch throughout, even during the darker passages. In fact, they accomplish one of the most difficult of all challenges inside an industry where cynicism is the norm and sneering is the response to any hint of idealism. To its great credit, the film actually makes us feel that beneath our differences, something like a harmonious human community may exist after all, as the wonderfully metaphorical last scene suggests. I expect a little project like this with its unfortunate title passed quickly into movie oblivion. However, now more than ever, Apartment for Peggy needs rediscovery. For its well-delivered message is truly trans-generational.


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