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Girl Next Door
     

The Girl Next Door

Director: Richard Sale

Cast: Dan Dailey, June Haver, Dennis Day

 
This lightweight 20th Century-Fox Technicolor musical stars Dan Dailey as Bill Carter, a widowed comic strip illustrator and June Haver as Jeannie, the title character, a glamorous Broadway star. When next-door-neighbors Bill and Jeannie fall in love, Bill's son Joe (Billy Gray) seethes with resentment. Fortunately, Joe's schoolmate (and erstwhile sweetheart) Kitty

Overview

This lightweight 20th Century-Fox Technicolor musical stars Dan Dailey as Bill Carter, a widowed comic strip illustrator and June Haver as Jeannie, the title character, a glamorous Broadway star. When next-door-neighbors Bill and Jeannie fall in love, Bill's son Joe (Billy Gray) seethes with resentment. Fortunately, Joe's schoolmate (and erstwhile sweetheart) Kitty (Mary Jane Saunders) convinces the boy that the world would be a sorry place without couples, using Noah's Ark as an example. This provides the cue for an extended animated cartoon sequence, courtesy of UPA Studios (then under contract to Columbia: Fox's house cartoonists at Terrytoons weren't quite up to the assignment). Naturally, the film finds time for a few engaging song-and-dance interludes, performed by Dailey and Haver. What really makes The Girl Next Door click is the unforced camaraderie between Dan Dailey and little Billy Gray.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Many better musicals have been created from no better material than The Girl Next Door, a so-so offering that simply lacks any kind of spark. Part of the problem lies with leading lady June Haver, a performer who can sing and dance passably but who simply doesn't light up the screen the way that a musical actress should. Watching Haver perform a nothing number like "Nowhere Guy," one keeps wishing that Betty Grable or Debbie Reynolds would come out and show her how it should be done. To be fair, though, Haver is working with a substandard score and script; even Dan Dailey, who has much more in terms of personality, has to struggle to make something out of his role in Girl. As a matter of fact, the only one who really comes off well is Cara Williams, whose sharp-tongued friend gets all the best lines. There's a very eye-catching animated sequence, and the ultra-1950s production design is eye catching, but for the most part Girl is a pretty ho-hum affair.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
UPC:
0024543475187
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Discovering the Girl Next Door featurette; Dan Dailey: Song and Dance Man featurette; Billy Gray: The Boy Next Door featurette; Restoration comparison; Poster gallery; Original theatrical trailers; Still gallery; Interactive press book

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Dailey Bill Carter
June Haver Jeannie
Dennis Day Reed Appleton
Cara Williams Rosie
Natalie Schafer Evelyn
Clinton Sundberg Samuels
Hayden Rorke Fields
Mary Jane Saunders Kitty
Lynn Wilde Peggy
Mona Knox Smitty
Beverly Thompson Susie
Greg Sherwood Franny
Michael Ross O'Toole
Herb Vigran Sergeant
Charles Wagenheim Junkman
Don Kohler Customs Official
Robert Carraher Policeman
Billy Gray Joe Carter
May Wynn Mitzi

Technical Credits
Richard Sale Director
Richard Barstow Choreography
Robert Bassler Producer
Leslie Bush-Fekete Original Story
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Girl Next Door
1. We Girls of the Chorus/Main Titles [3:04]
2. Ho-Hum, Ho-Hum [:58]
3. A Quiet Little Place in the Country [1:18]
4. 121 Esplanade [4:12]
5. If I Love You a Mountain [1:59]
6. Meet the Naighbors [2:49]
7. I'd Rather Have a Pan Than a Gal Anytime [3:46]
8. The Girl Next Door [3:16]
9. You're Doin' All Right [3:14]
10. Cashing in the Rain Check [3:53]
11. Nowhere Guy/The Dream [4:38]
12. First Kiss [8:19]
13. Vacation Postponed [:24]
14. I'm Mad About the Girl Next Door [2:19]
15. Pals [3:27]
16. Joe's Daydream [4:04]
17. The Letter [1:27]
18. You [5:30]
19. In Trouble [2:09]
20. Argument [4:48]
21. I'm Mad About the Girl Next Door/You/I'd Rather Have a Pal Than a Gal Anytime Reprise [1:45]
22. Leaving for Good [:39]
23. Engagement Party/You [4:06]
24. Getting It/End Titles [7:39]

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