Good Morning, Miss Dove

Good Morning, Miss Dove

Director: Henry Koster, Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack, Kipp Hamilton

Cast: Henry Koster, Jennifer Jones, Robert Stack, Kipp Hamilton

     
 
This distaff variation of the Goodbye Mr. Chips theme is based on a novel by Frances Gray Patton. While confined to a sickbed, ageing New England schoolteacher Miss Dove (Jennifer Jones) recalls the many students who passed through her classroom. Among her now-grown-up prize pupils are surgeon Tom Baker (Robert Stack), policeman Bill Holloway (Chuck Connors)

Overview

This distaff variation of the Goodbye Mr. Chips theme is based on a novel by Frances Gray Patton. While confined to a sickbed, ageing New England schoolteacher Miss Dove (Jennifer Jones) recalls the many students who passed through her classroom. Among her now-grown-up prize pupils are surgeon Tom Baker (Robert Stack), policeman Bill Holloway (Chuck Connors) and playright Maurice (Jerry Paris), all of whom were able to overcome difficult childhoods and strive for success with the help of Miss Dove. As it turns out, it is Dr. Tom Baker who is to perform the operation that may save the life of his ailing former teacher. A 60-minute TV adaptation of Good Morning Miss Dove, with Phyllis Kirk in the Jennifer Jones role, was seen in 1956 as part of the weekly anthology The 20th Century-Fox Hour.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Good Morning, Miss Dove is the kind of film that values sentimentality above drama (or even melodrama), and if taken on those terms, it's a pretty rewarding little diversion. Although there are obvious comparisons to Goodbye, Mr. Chips, it's perhaps more interesting to compare it to It's a Wonderful Life. Capra's classic, which also uses an extensive flashback technique and demonstrates the profound impact one individual has on a community, creates genuine emotion as it makes its points; Miss Dove prefers to manipulate the audience, producing tears and laughter along the way, but of a distinctly hollow sort. Dove's screenplay also falls short structurally; the writer and director are not able to make the many separate stories seem like they really belong together, making the film extremely episodic. Still, despite its failings, Dove does feature a very strong and quite impressive performance from Jennifer Jones. Jones, not often thought of as an actress of great depth, mines a great deal from the role of Miss Dove, turning in a performance that respects the rules of the genre yet still paints a fairly complex portrait. The supporting cast is also solid, and director Henry Koster and cinematographer Leon Shamroy do a good job of capturing the feeling of small-town American life. Not a great film, Miss Dove is an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2014
UPC:
0024543934714
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
4,289

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jones Miss Dove
Robert Stack Tom Baker
Kipp Hamilton Jincey Baker
Robert Douglas Mr. Porter
Peggy Knudsen Billie Jean
Chuck Connors Bill Holloway
Jerry Paris Maurice
Marshall Thompson Mr. Pendleton
Biff Elliot Alex Burnham
Mary Wickes Miss Ellwood
Ted Marc David Burnham
Dick Stewart Dr. Temple
Cheryl Callaway Annabel
Linda Bennett Peggy
Vivian Marshall Mrs. Meggs
Richard Deacon Mr. Spivey
Bill Walker Henry
Than Wyenn Mr. Levine
Leslie E. Bradley Alonso Dove
Robert Lynn Dr. Hurley
Eddie Firestone Fred Makepeace
Martha Wentworth Grandma Holloway
Virginia Christine Mrs. Rigsbee
Junius Matthews Mr. Pruitt
Reba Tassell Polly Burnham
Gary Diamond Harrison
Myna Cunard Mrs. Aldredge
Jean Andren Secretary to Mr. Dove
Linda Brace Jacqueline Wood
Janet Brandt Mrs. Levine
Mary Carroll Actor
Virginia Carroll Ann
Betty Caulfield Mother
Richard H. Cutting Husbands
Steven Darrell Police Captain
George Dunn Janitor
Elizabeth Flournoy Mildred
Michael Gainey Boy
Jo Gilbert Young Matron
Cameron A. Grant Mr. Prouty
Tim Haldeman Actor
John Hiestand Prison Guard
William Hughes Actor
Jean Innes Night Nurse
Mae Marsh Woman in Bank
Sam McDaniel Man
Ed Mundy Hearse Driver
Maudie Prickett Actor
Lydia Reed Girl
Sarah Selby Teacher
Ann Tyrrell Mrs. Makepeace
Herb Vigran Police Surgeon
Ken Osmond Tommy Baker at Age 9
Paul Engle Alex Burnham at Age 9
Nan Dolan Mrs. Wood
Milas Clark Actor
Catherine Howard Nurse
Tim Johnson Freshman
Jane Crowley Actor
Eleanore Vogel Woman
Nicholas Koster Student

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Eleanore Griffin Screenwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer

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