Little Nellie Kelly

Little Nellie Kelly

Director: Norman Taurog

Cast: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Charles Winninger

     
 

Judy Garland performs her only on-screen death scene early in the proceedings of Little Nellie Kelly. But despair not! Garland soon reappears as the daughter of the character she was playing in the film's first reels. Now a girl of 20, Garland has fallen in love with Douglas McPhail, much to the dismay of her father George Murphy and grandfather CharlesSee more details below

Overview

Judy Garland performs her only on-screen death scene early in the proceedings of Little Nellie Kelly. But despair not! Garland soon reappears as the daughter of the character she was playing in the film's first reels. Now a girl of 20, Garland has fallen in love with Douglas McPhail, much to the dismay of her father George Murphy and grandfather Charles Winninger. However, Murphy and Winninger are too much at odds with each other to give proper attention to Garland. Going into her Miss Fixit act, Garland patches up the differences between pop and grandpop, and gets to keep her beau in the bargain. Based on the play by George M. Cohan, Little Nellie Kelly affords Judy Garland ample opportunity to sing a swing version of "Singin' in the Rain," as well as several newer songs.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The kind of theatrical blarney dished up in Little Nellie Kelly was as old as the hills even when George M. Cohan wrote the play back in 1922. But here they are again, all those quaint Irish folks with their brogue and their longing for the auld sod, this time represented by Charles Winninger, Arthur Shields, Forrester Harvey, and seemingly every other Hollywood leprechaun not otherwise engaged. Judy Garland, meanwhile, dies prettily as the mother only to resurrect just as prettily as the daughter, the Little Nellie of the title. Happily, Roger Edens has given Cohan a helping hand and the entire affair is aided greatly by Garland's singing of "It's a Great Day for the Irish." And if that wasn't enough, MGM's stalwart "Singing in the Rain" gets yet another airing and the generous producers also include a chorus or two of "Danny Boy." It simply couldn't be any more Irish than that.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
UPC:
0883316327005
Original Release:
1940
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
4,786

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Little Nellie Kelly
George Murphy Jerry Kelly
Charles Winninger Michael Noonan
Douglas McPhail Dennis Fogarty
Arthur Shields Timothy Fogarty
Forrester Harvey Moriarity
James Burke Sgt. McGowan
George Watts Keevan
Pat O'Malley Mounted Cop
John Raitt Intern
Rita Page Mary Fogarty

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Roger Edens Score Composer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ray June Cinematographer
Jack McGowan Screenwriter
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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