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That Hagen Girl (1947)

Passed | | Drama | 1 November 1947 (USA)
Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Charles Hoffman (screenplay), Edith Kneipple Roberts (from a novel by) (as Edith Roberts)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Reagan ... Thomas J. (Tom) Bates
Shirley Temple ... Mary Hagen
Rory Calhoun ... Ken Freneau
Lois Maxwell ... Julia Kane
Dorothy Peterson ... Minta Hagen
Charles Kemper ... Jim Hagen
Conrad Janis ... Dewey Koons
Penny Edwards ... Christine Delaney
Jean Porter ... Sharon Bailey
Harry Davenport ... Judge Merrivale
Nella Walker ... Molly Freneau
Winifred Harris ... Selma Delaney
Moroni Olsen ... Trenton Gateley
Frank Conroy ... Dr. Stone
Kathryn Card ... Miss Grover
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Storyline

Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to town, he takes over the house and practice that Judge Merrivale left him when he died. As Tom has been away a number of years, this leads to more gossip and Mary believes that he is her father. The popular and rich Ken loves Mary, but his family and friends constantly remind him that she is 'not one of us'. Julia, a teacher at school encourages Mary but Mary cannot get a break in anything she does, or is accused of doing. Tom knows the answer to her true identity, and he is silent. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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They gossiped about her in whispers! . . . The victim of idle tongues and meddling people!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Hagen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,327,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film appearance of William B. Davidson, who died in September 1947, less than a month after production was completed; Davidson's last two released films, My Wild Irish Rose and The Judge Steps Out, had been filmed earlier, but were released later. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Miller: Precious child. She's very sweet, but where in the world did she get that color hair and eyes?
Minta Hagen: She was born with them.
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Connections

Referenced in After Hours (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Corn Pickin'
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Mary and Dewey are dancing
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Oddly interesting for offbeat teaming of Temple and Reagan...
22 March 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

TV showings of 'That Hagen Girl' became more and more rare as the years went on--but lately it surfaced on TCM when they saluted Shirley's birthday with showings of four of her films. Basically it's a story of the effect gossip has on a small-town girl (Temple as Mary Hagen)and lawyer (Ronald Reagan). Good performances by Rory Calhoun, Jean Porter and others. The meanness of the small-town gossip is well realized under Peter Godfrey's direction and the background score by Franz Waxman adds much to the melodramatic proceedings. Not really as bad as many would have you think. Shirley seems more poised and assured than usual (except in an embarrassing rendition from 'Romeo and Juliet') and she herself regards it as her best adult performance. Despite all of its flaws, it's worth viewing to watch the nineteen-year old actress opposite Ronald Reagan. His primary love interest in the film is Lois Maxwell (who later became Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films). The ending is rather unresolved and unsatisfying--a curious ending for an odd film.


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