Friday, 15 November 2013







Production Credits

  • Director - George Seaton
  • Screenwriter - George Seaton
  • Screenwriter - Valentine Davies
  • Composer (Music Score) - Alfred Newman
  • Producer - William Perlberg
  • Play Author - Julius J. Epstein
  • Special Effects - Fred Sersen
  • Art Director - Lyle Wheeler
  • Book Author - Rosemary Taylor
  • Sound/Sound Designer - Alfred Bruzlin
  • Cats Credits

  • Celeste Holm - Emily Hefferan
  • Dan Dailey - Jim Hefferen
  • Colleen Townsend - Rosemary Hefferen
  • Alan Young - Geoffrey Lawson
  • Natalie Wood - Ruth Hefferan
  • William Frawley - George Kirby
  • Connie Gilchrist - Millie Moon
  • Veda Ann Borg - Rita Kirby
  • Porter Hall - Sam Howell
  • Whit Bissell - Mr. Robinson
  • Katherine Emery - Mrs. Lawson
  • Roy Roberts - Harry Bowers
  • Hal K. Dawson - Jake Barker
  • Percy Helton - Mr. Sawyer
  • Mary Field - Miss Gilly
  • Anthony Sydes - Oliver Hefferan
  • H.T. Tsiang - Charley
  • Lorin Raker - Mr. Lawson
  • Junius Matthews - Deacon Wilson
  • Dick Ryan - Bartender
  • Ruth Rickaby - Nurse
  • Edward Keane - Joe
  • Jack Kirkwood - Harris
  • Francis Pierlot - Charles Blaine
  • Wilson Wood - Robert Hart
  • Jack Daley - Moving Man
Based on Rosemary Taylor's memoir of life in turn-of-the-century (i.e., circa 1900) Tucson, the book's subtitle tells much of the story -- "My Life with Mama's Boarders." Rosemary's mother was a practical businesswoman who wasn't above renting out every available square foot of her home to make ends meet. This movie, though, like the book, is a delightful look backward at life in a frontier city in the century's first two decades, featuring Celeste Holm as her mother and Dan Dailey as her more fly-by-night father, who always has a get-rich-quick scheme that, somehow, doesn't pan out. In addition to Dailey (who had several short-lived TV series in the 1970s), later generations will enjoy spotting cast members like Alan Young (quite the rising star in 1948, but remembered now mostly as Wilbur Post from "Mr. Ed" and as the voice of Uncle Scrooge in Disney's "Ducktales"), William Frawley (remembered, of course, from "I Love Lucy" and "My Three Sons"), and ubiquitous character actor Whit Bissell, who appeared in everything from "Star Trek" to "I was a Teenage Werewolf."

This movie is another small gem from director George Seaton and his writing partner, Valentine Davies, who also gave the world the original "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Country Girl," and "The Song of Bernadette." Seaton isn't that well-known today, unfortunately, even though almost everyone has seen at least "Miracle on 34th Street," but like Frank Capra, his movies have a quiet humanity that, even when he used a lighter touch (as here), show Seaton's faith in human resilience. When people say that "they don't make them like they used to," they're talking about movies like this.