Government Girl

Government Girl

Olivia de Havilland
Director: Dudley Nichols Cast: Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Sonny Tufts
Sonny Tufts
, Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley
Dudley Nichols


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Olivia De Havilland hadn't wanted to star in RKO's Government Girl, but was forced to do so by her home studio Warner Bros. Perhaps in retaliation, De Havilland delivers a strident, overbaked performance, which serves only to make this so-so wartime comedy something of an endurance test for modern viewers. The actress plays "Smokey," the Washington DC-based secretary of Detroit automobile expert Browne (Sonny Tufts, who's actually pretty good in this one!) Aware that Browne is a babe in the woods so far as Washington lobbying, politicking and backstabbing are concerned, Smokey takes the poor boy by the hand and shows him the ropes. Despite the derivative nature of Adela Rogers St. John's screenplay-the film seems like a hybrid of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The More the Merrier--Government Girl was an enormous hit, posting a profit of $700,000. The film represents the film directorial debut of producer-screenwriter Dudley Nichols.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
UPC: 0888574078102
Original Release: 1943
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 11,314

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Olivia de Havilland Smokey Allard
Sonny Tufts Ed Browne
Anne Shirley May
Jess Barker Dana
James Dunn Sergeant Joe
Paul Stewart Branch
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Wright
Harry Davenport Una O'Connor
Una O'Connor Mrs. Harris
Sig Rumann His Excellency
Jane Darwell Miss Trask
George Givot Count Bodinsky
Demetrius Alexis Actor
Harry Bailey Senator
Joe Bernard Workman
Patti Brill Actor
Tom Burton Reporter
Chester Carlisle Actor
James Carlisle Actor
Harry Clay Actor
Rita Corday Actor
Tom Costello Actor
Harry Denny Actor
Ralph Dunn Actor
Bruce Edwards Actor
George Ford Actor
J.C. Fowler Man
Barbara Hale Actor
Donald Hall Actor
Mary Halsey Actor
Charles Halton Clerk
John Hamilton Actor
Sam Harris American General
Al Hill Actor
David Hilary Hughes Guest
Warren Hymer Actor
J. Louis Johnson Mr. Wright's Father
Edward Keane Actor
James Kirkwood Actor
Margaret Landry Actor
Norman Mayes Janitor
Charles Meakin Businessman
Alex Melesh FBI Man
George H. Melford Irate Man
Chef Joseph Milani Hotel Waiter
Harold Miller Naval Officer
Karl Miller Janitor
Bert Moorhouse Actor
Clive Morgan Officer
Marion Murray Bits
David Newell Actor
Emory Parnell The Chief
Louis Payne Actor
George Riley Cop
Ronnie Rondell Businessman
Harry Shannon Mr. Gibson
Ivan Simpson Judge Leonard
Art Smith Marqueenie
Paul Stanton Mr. Harvester
Larry Steers Actor
Harry Tenbrook MP
Lawrence Tierney FBI Man
Joan Valerie Miss MacVickers
Ray Walker Tom Holliday
Larry Williams Actor
Ian Wolfe Hotel Clerk
Babe Green Actor
Fred Fox Actor
Wally Dean Actor
Barbara Coleman Actor
Ralph Linn Actor
Steve Winston Reporter
June Booth Secretary

Technical Credits
Dudley Nichols Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Al Fields Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Roland Gross Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Frank Redman Cinematographer
Budd Schulberg Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects

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