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Government Girl (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 5 November 1943 (USA)
The secretary of a newly appointed government official strives to make him a success in spite of his shortcomings.

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Dudley Nichols

Writers:

Adela Rogers St. Johns (story) (as Adela Rogers St. John), Budd Schulberg (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Elizabeth 'Smokey' Allard
Sonny Tufts ... E.H. 'Ed' Browne
Anne Shirley ... May Harness Blake
Jess Barker ... Dana McGuire
James Dunn ... Sergeant Joe Blake
Paul Stewart ... Branch Owens
Agnes Moorehead ... Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
Harry Davenport ... Senator MacVickers
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Harris
Sig Ruman ... Ambassador
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Storyline

Washington DC during World War II. The machinery of government is a hive of endless, if not seamless, activity. Armament production is the name of the game, by fair means or foul. Ed Browne, more used to making cars in Detroit, is having to try and get planes made in this maelstrom. Luckily or unluckily, he finds he has a secretary who knows the political ropes - and her own mind. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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3 girls to a bed! 10 girls to a date! 20 girls to a steak! Where... the men are ONE to TEN a gal's GOTTA be good! No wonder no man is safe after dark! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dez Pequenas para um Homem See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Olivia de Havilland absolutely hated her role in the film. She had not wanted to star in it in the first place, but was forced to due to an arrangement - intended to punish her after she protested against working conditions on Princess O'Rourke (1943) - in which Warner Bros. loaned her services to David O. Selznick, who turned her over to RKO. Her distaste for the arrangement is evident in the wide variety of grimaces, smirks and other expressions she used in an attempt to avoid creating a character of any depth or credibility. See more »

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Opening credits are shown over the Capitol building. See more »

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The Wedding March
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Overacted, Silly Wartime Comedy Strains To Be Funny...
24 March 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

De Havilland found herself obligated to do GOVERNMENT GIRL when David O. Selznick borrowed her from Warner Bros. (he lent them Ingrid Bergman) and then sold her services to RKO for one picture. She didn't like the script and it looks as though she got her revenge by overacting the title role, which would have been okay if the material itself was funny. But this lame wartime comedy about overcrowded Washington never quite gets off the ground.

Sonny Tufts does what he can with a thankless role as a bungling, naive politician who has to learn the ropes from his pretty secretary. Agnes Moorehead gets in a couple of good quips as a snobbish Washington matron and Jess Barker is likable enough in a secondary romantic lead.

James Dunne and Ann Shirley tend to overplay their roles as a couple of lovestruck newlyweds eager to find lodgings. Despite its obvious flaws, the film was a moderate success for RKO at the box-office and wartime audiences seemed to go for it. De Havilland fans aren't likely to rate this among her best comedies.


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