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That Brennan Girl(1946)

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  • that brennan girl

    • kevin sellers
    • 7/20/18

    Since this is the only film of his I've seen I'm not ready to proclaim director Alfred Santell the equal of early George Stevens or King Vidor, but there are definite echoes of these masters in the American midcentury, kitchen sink style of this unknown but quite affecting offering from "poverty row" (i.e. Republic Pictures, circa 1946) that takes as its theme the nature of motherhood and examines three moms, one good, one horrid and one somewhere in the middle. It gets too piously weepy in the finale, the dialogue is sometimes good and sometimes awful (i.e. "I'm not the woman for you. I'm no good!") and George Antheil's score is completely out of control, but outweighing these minuses is the fact that you find yourself involved with, interested in, and/or caring about the three moms and the reformed con artist gent who ties them together, so to speak. Helping in this worthy effort are the performances of Mona Freeman, June Duprez, and James Dunn. (Dorothy Vaughan, on the other hand, is a bit too cloying and saintly). Give it a B plus.

  • Old San Francisco

    • Linda
    • 7/6/18

    Just caught this film that I had never heard of before, although I've seen quite a few of James Dunn's films. I love that this was filmed in my hometown, San Francisco! The on location filming was so cool, especially the last scene when James Dunn and Mona Freeman get on the cable car. They get on the cable car at the turnaround on Powell and Market and you can see the old Emporium department store in the background. The Owl drugstore on the corner is no longer there and the Washington/Jackson cable car that they're riding no longer exists. I guess they had more cable car lines back then than they do now. Still, very cool to see how my city used to look like.

  • Endangered Baby

    • Sylvia Corbett
    • 6/27/18

    I'm the baby in this movie. Mona Freeman plays my mother and ends leaving me with a distracted baby sitter and the place catches on fire. I have an autographed photo of me with Mona, thanks to my mother's good thinking. It's fun to look back on these movies (I was in five, my older sister was in three), even though I was too young to remember the experiences. My mother knew her way around the movie arena. She was in several movies in her youth. Her favorite actress was John Crawford and her favorite male actor Spencer Tracy. She had a crush on him and was thrilled to be on the set with him. Someone told him my mom liked him and he asked her if it was true. She was very flustered and denied it. She worked on two movies with her favorite, Joan Crawford. Joan was a dancer and so was my mom.

  • Verrrry Interesting...

    • el debbo
    • 3/7/14

    The quality of this vintage Republic film wasn't great, but it's worth watching. Here's a 1946 story covering territory seldom seen in classics: the young girl who becomes a real hoodlum, then meets an inspiring, wholesome Big Swede soldier and falls in love...THEN is a struggling single mother while he is at war. Lots of documentary footage of old San Francisco and lots of twists and turns in her life. At first I disliked her, but ended up totally admiring her tenacity.She is not your typical Hollywood beauty, Mona Freeman, but she looks perfect for the part. Her face plays hard, her face plays soft. Her Big Swede love is played by William Marshall, and though it's not a huge part, watching him in the phone booth at the "Bird Cage", in profile, is a peak experience! What a hunk. And he was in 46 films in a variety of parts, from Westerns, to 'State Fair', to 'Blacula'! Another lead is James Dunn, a man I've seen but can't remember where. In sum, an engrossing story, a fresh story. 4 stars from me.

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