Casanova Brown

Casanova Brown

Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Frank Morgan

     
 

When he finds out his ex-wife has just had his child and plans to give her up for adoption, a timid English instructor dashes to the child's rescue and attempts to care for her in a hotel room. Before too long, however, his new fiancee and his ex confront him and he must decide what he will do. This light comedy starring Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright and Anita Louise… See more details below

Overview

When he finds out his ex-wife has just had his child and plans to give her up for adoption, a timid English instructor dashes to the child's rescue and attempts to care for her in a hotel room. Before too long, however, his new fiancee and his ex confront him and he must decide what he will do. This light comedy starring Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright and Anita Louise garnered Oscar nominations for Sound and Art Direction and was previously filmed under the title Little Accident in 1930 and 1939.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Casanova Brown starts out like a house afire and shows every indication of being a marvelously fun romantic comedy. But about halfway through it hits a bump that throws it off course, with the result that Brown ends up only partially satisfying. That "bump" is the major plot point in which the title character absconds from the hospital with his daughter, because his ex-wife is threatening to give the child up for adoption. This derails the picture on a couple of counts: one, the mother (played by Teresa Wright) is only making this threat as a way of getting hubby Gary Cooper back (and not letting him marry his new love interest). Two, the picture then becomes about Cooper's "on the lam" attempt to take care of the baby without getting caught by the police. To modern audiences, at least, this second factor will be very uncomfortable, as Cooper's actions seems obsessive and could easily have put the baby into serious danger. The screenplay's tone changes at this point and the film never recovers, which is a shame, as it had been a bright, lively and thoroughly engaging picture up to that point. Cooper is in absolutely delightful form, and Wright is as lovely and appealing as ever. There's also the bonus of a hilarious turn from Frank Morgan as the father of Cooper's new fiancé, who has some acerbic opinions regarding the state of matrimony.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0027616075215
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:34:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Casanova Brown
Teresa Wright Isabel Drury
Frank Morgan Mr. Ferris
Anita Louise Madge Ferris
Patricia Collinge Mrs. Drury
Edmund Breon Mr. Drury
Jill Esmond Dr. Zernerke
Mary Treen Monica
Emory Parnell Frank
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Ferris
Halliwell Hobbes Butler
Julia Faye X-Ray Nurse
Helen St. Rayner Soloist
Isabelle La Mal Clerk's Wife
Marion Gray Actor
Sada Simmons Women at Baby Window
Stewart Garner Usher
Irving Bacon Hotel Manager
John Brown Fire Chief
James Burke O'Leary
Frederick Burton Reverend Dean
Lane Chandler Orderly
Nell Craig Nurse
Grace Cunard Woman at Baby Window
Kay Deslys Fat Woman Patient
Robert Dudley Marriage Clerk
Lorna Dunn X-Ray Nurse
Ann Evers Nurse Petherbridge
Byron Foulger Fletcher
Jack Gargan Intern
Eloise Hardt Doris Ferris
Florence Lake Nurse Phillips
Frances Morris Nurse Gillespie
Ottola Nesmith Patient's Nurse
Larry Olsen Junior
Sarah Padden Landlady
Harry "Snub" Pollard Father at Baby Window
Francis Sayles Elevator Operator
Cecil Stewart Organist
Grady Sutton Tod
Phil Tead License Clerk
Dorothy Tree Nurse Clark
Lelah Tyler Switchboard Operator
Isabel Withers Nurse Who Helps Casanova
Mary Young Mrs. Dean

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Nunnally Johnson Producer,Screenwriter
Muriel King Costumes/Costume Designer
Art Lange Score Composer
Thomas Neff Editor
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
John Sherwood Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Casanova Brown
1. Main Titles/Autumn [2:08]
2. Yes or No? [5:49]
3. Hospital Letter [4:17]
4. Middle Initial [4:57]
5. Enchanting Isabel [2:59]
6. Guided by the Stars [6:37]
7. What Calamity? [1:50]
8. From Bad to Worse [4:13]
9. Bound for Chicago [3:46]
10. Perfect Health [6:19]
11. Proud Father [4:08]
12. A Fine Attitude [6:59]
13. Change of Heart [5:20]
14. Awkward Position [1:52]
15. Baby Care [7:59]
16. Doting Dad [3:43]
17. Not Enough [3:23]
18. Going Up [4:59]
19. Waiting [2:04]
20. A Lot to Learn [7:49]

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