Julia Misbehaves

Julia Misbehaves

Director: Jack Conway, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford

Cast: Jack Conway, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford

     
 

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After suffering nobly in several heavyweight MGM dramas, Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon begged the studio to cast them together in a comedy. Though not an all-out laff riot, Julia Misbehaves strives hard to please. Garson plays an ever-in-debt British music-hall performer who relies on the largess of her friends to keep the wolf from the door. Pidgeon portrays

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After suffering nobly in several heavyweight MGM dramas, Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon begged the studio to cast them together in a comedy. Though not an all-out laff riot, Julia Misbehaves strives hard to please. Garson plays an ever-in-debt British music-hall performer who relies on the largess of her friends to keep the wolf from the door. Pidgeon portrays Garson's ex-husband, who for the past 20 years has lived in Paris with their daughter Elizabeth Taylor. When Taylor becomes engaged, she sends Garson a wedding invitation. Broke again, Garson hastily joins an acrobatic act to earn steerage money, and charms British nobleman Nigel Bruce into giving her enough cash for a wedding present. Once she arrives in Paris, Garson sticks her nose into everyone's affairs, much to the dismay of the uptight Pidgeon. Garson even advises daughter Taylor to marry someone other than her betrothed. Despite her screwball behavior, Pidgeon can't help falling in love with Garson all over again--but it takes a zany sequence in and around a mountain chalet to knot together the many loose plotlines. Julia Misbehaves was adapted from The Nutmeg Tree, a novel by Margery Sharp.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Julia Misbehaves turns out to be a surprisingly good comedy -- surprising, given that its leads were not known for their comedic performances, and given that there are some contrivances in the screenplay that come close to derailing it several times. The major problematic contrivance is the film's setup -- can one really believe that as aggressive and assertive a character as Julia Packett would simply have gone along with her husband's wishes that she not see her own daughter for a decade and a half? Fortunately, Julia is such a charming little confection that most people will be willing to overlook such lapses of reason. Much of Julia's charm is due to its delightful leading lady. Greer Garson performs with a lovely, delicate touch, skipping (rather than jumping) through the hoops that the screenplay tosses in her way and making the proceedings quite merry indeed. Her participation in the acrobat sequence alone is worth the price of admission. If Walter Pidgeon is not quite as loose as his partner, neither is the character, and the chemistry he has with his co-star makes up for any comedic deficiencies on his part. Besides, with Mary Boland, Nigel Bruce, and Lucile Watson on hand, there's no need for Pidgeon to worry about the film coming up short on comic know-how. Throw in an incredibly youthful and lovely Elizabeth Taylor and an equally young and handsome Peter Lawford, and you have a delicious little soufflé of a movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
UPC:
0883316388877
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
31,068

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greer Garson Julia Packett
Walter Pidgeon William Sylvester Packett
Peter Lawford Ritchie Lorgan
Elizabeth Taylor Susan Packett
Cesar Romero Fred Gennochio
Lucile Watson Mrs. Packett
Nigel Bruce Col. Willowbrook
Mary Boland Mrs. Gennochio
Reginald Owen Bennie Hawkins
Henry Stephenson Lord Pennystone
Aubrey Mather Vicar
Ian Wolfe Hobson
Fritz Feld Pepito
Phyllis Morris Daisy
Veda Ann Borg Louise
Lola Albright Actor
Harry Allen Actor
Jimmy Aubrey Drunk
Shirley Ballard Actor
Nan Boardman Saleslady
Edmund Breon Jamie
André Charlot Stage Doorman
Marcelle Corday Gabby
Sidney D'Albrook Waiter in Pub
Jean del Val Croupier
Elspeth Dudgeon Woman in Pawn Shop
James Fairfax Actor
Art Foster Actor
George Goldsmith Actor
Ruth Hall Actor
Winifred Harris Lady Pennystone
Joi Lansing Actor
Connie Leon Actor
Mitchell Lewis Train Official
James Logan Moving Man
Alphonse Martell Frenchman in Theater
Torben Meyer Commissar
Ottola Nesmith Actor
Kay Norton Actor
Susan Perry Girls in Hotel Lobby
Almira Sessions Women in Street
William Snyder Actor
Cyril Thornton Actor
David Thursby English Sailor
Patricia Walker Actor
Victor Wood Postman
Stanley Fraser Pawn Shop Clerk
Herbert Wyndham Piano Player in Pub
Joanee Wayne The Head
Marjorie Jackson Mannequin
Ray Saunders Actor
Michael Kent Acrobatic Troupe
Fern Eggen Actor
Bertha Feducha Woman in Theater

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Hal Borne Songwriter
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
John D. Dunning Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Monckton Hoffe Screenwriter
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Gina Kaus Screenwriter
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Harry Ruskin Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Jerry Seelen Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter

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