Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

Director: Douglas Sirk, Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn

Cast: Douglas Sirk, Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn

     
 
Douglas Sirk directed this frothy musical comedy set in the 1920s starring Charles Coburn as Samuel Fulton, an elderly man with a multi-million dollar fortune. With no family of his own to whom he can leave his money, Fulton is pondering what to do with his estate. Years ago, he was in love with a woman named Harriet, whom he asked to marry. She turned him down and

Overview

Douglas Sirk directed this frothy musical comedy set in the 1920s starring Charles Coburn as Samuel Fulton, an elderly man with a multi-million dollar fortune. With no family of his own to whom he can leave his money, Fulton is pondering what to do with his estate. Years ago, he was in love with a woman named Harriet, whom he asked to marry. She turned him down and married another someone else, but he's still fond of her and considers leaving his millions to her family. However, Fulton decides to first give them a test. Posing as an eccentric and threadbare artist, he rents a room from Harriet (Lynn Bari) and her husband Charles (Larry Gates). He then arranges for an anonymous gift of $100,000 to be presented to them so that he can watch their reactions. Sadly, things don't go well; Harriet browbeats the rest of the family into moving into a mansion and tries to convince her daughter Millicent (Piper Laurie) to break up with her boyfriend, poor but good-hearted soda jerk Dan (Rock Hudson), in favor of a wealthier and more socially prominent man. Songs include "Tiger Rag," "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along," "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," and "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?" James Dean has a tiny part as a customer at the soda fountain; it was his first appearance onscreen.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An incredibly lightweight piece of period Americana, Has Anybody Seen My Gal? seems an odd choice for future soap meister par excellence Douglas Sirk. Indeed, aside from its obvious observations on greed and the power of money to corrupt, there's little to suggest the subversive criticism of 1950s America that one finds in so much of Sirk's work. Of course, that's no crime; a director isn't required to have (and rarely should have) the same identifiable marks in all his films. Besides, Sirk watchers can still find plenty to study in his use of color, his attention to art direction and set décor, and the way the camera captures it all. That said, it's all in the service of a pretty negligible script -- and one which has, at its core, a bit of a sadistic streak in the manner in which the millionaire plays with and judges the lives of his potential beneficiaries. Fortunately, Gal has the expert Charles Coburn on hand, given one of his rare chances to play the lead and proving that he could carry a picture. Piper Laurie and Rock Hudson look stunning, Gigi Perreau steals several scenes, and Lynn Bari does the best she can with a character that's simply too much. It's not enough to make Has Anybody Seen My Gal? a very good film, but it does make it easy enough to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2015
UPC:
0025192317644
Original Release:
1952
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
14,342

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Piper Laurie Millicent
Rock Hudson Dan
Charles Coburn Samuel Fulton
Lynn Bari Harriet Blaisdell
William Reynolds Howard
Larry Gates Charles Blaisdell
Skip Homeier Carl Pennock
Paul Harvey Judge Wilkins
Gloria Holden Mrs. Pennock
Frank Ferguson Mr. Norton
Forrest Lewis Martin Quinn
Eric Alden Bits
Harmon Stevens Real Estate Agent
Larry Carr Man
Earl Spainard Actor
Gigi Perreau Roberta
Fred Nurney Fredericks
Sally Creighton Arline Benson
Helen Wallace Shirley White
Willard Waterman Dr. Wallace
Fritz Feld Alvarez
James Dean Youth
Emory Parnell Clancy
Charles Flynn Joe
Barney Phillips Workman
William Fawcett Caretaker
Edna Holland Seamstress
Leon Tyler Personality Boy
Charles Williams Reporter
Paul Bryar Man
Joey Ray Gambler
Sam Pierce Gambler
Lynn Wilde Charleston Dancer
Donna Leary Charleston Dancer
Spec O'Donnell Candy Seller

Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Hilyard M. Brown Production Designer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Bernard Herzbrun Production Designer
Joseph Hoffman Screenwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Richmond Producer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Herman Stein Score Composer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer

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