Has Anybody Seen My Gal?

1952, Movie, NR, 88 mins

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It's the 1920s and aging millionaire Coburn wants to leave his fortune to the family of a woman who once turned down his proposal of marriage. To see if they are worthy, he rents a room from them and pretends to be an eccentric artist, then anonymously gives them $100,000 to see what happens. Bari, the mother, decides that the family should move into a mansion and she sets about trying to marry daughter Laurie off to a rich young snob instead of poor but loving soda jerk Hudson. Once everybody has learned a lesson, Coburn determines it is all right to leave them the rest of his fortune. Charming, well-done period comedy. Dean makes his film debut and Sirk works with color for the first time. Songs include "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?" (Roy Smith, Roy Turk, Maceo Pinkard, sung by Piper Laurie), "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" (Wendell Hall, sung by Charles Coburn and Group), "Tiger Rag" (Jelly Roll Morton), "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" (sung by College Boys and Girls), "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along" (Harry Woods, sung by Coburn, Gigi Perreau, Lynn Bari). leave a comment

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