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It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You(1947)


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Victoria Stafford, a pretty Fifth Avenue society girl, has made three unsuccessful attempts to marry, each time leaving her groom at the altar just as she is about to recite her vow. So infamous is Victoria's reputation at the altar, that the father of her next fiancé, the staid Oliver H. P. Harrington, demands that she take a month vacation alone to fully consider her decision. After a month of sculpting at her vacation home in Cape Cod, Victoria, now certain about her decision to marry Oliver, boards a train back to New York. En route, Victoria has a dream about an American Indian who, while breaking up her marriage to Oliver, insists that he is the one that she truly loves. When Victoria awakens, the Indian suddenly appears in the bunk above hers, explaining that his presence, though real, is merely a manifestation of her subconscious thoughts, and that she has dreamed of him on many occasions in the past. As the train pulls into Grand Central Station, Victoria attempts to flee from the Indian, but he appears at every turn. After exchanging his Indian garb for a business suit, the Indian makes a surprise appearance at the Stafford's as Victoria is nervously trying to explain the reason for missing Oliver at the train station. Searching for an excuse, Victoria explains that she instead drove from Cape Cod and that her visitor is her sculpting model. When asked the visitor's name, Victoria sees a picture of George Washington, then notices that the Indian is still wearing his moccasins, and thus derives the name "George McKesson." Mr. Stafford, Victoria's father, does not approve of his daughter's new live-in house guest, but when he tries to throw him out, George threatens to expose a past affair of his. With less than a week to go before the wedding, Victoria, now determined more than ever to marry Oliver, warns George not to follow her. When a man who looks just like George appears at the store in which Victoria is shopping, she calls the store detective to get rid him. The man, however, insists that he has never seen Victoria before. Back at home, while watching home movies of herself as a child, Victoria suddenly realizes that George is really Johnny Blaine, a childhood sweetheart of hers who once dressed in an Indian costume. In an instant, Victoria also realizes that the man in the store was not George, but was in fact her dream man, Johnny Blaine, in the flesh. After getting Johnny's address from his store sales receipt, Victoria rushes to his home, only to discover that he lives and works at a fire station. Although Johnny is initially indifferent to Victoria, he soon becomes enamored of her when he realizes that they have much in common. While Victoria and Johnny find romance, George decides to help get rid of Oliver by planting evidence that his fiancée has deceived him. This, however, results in a misunderstanding on Johnny's part, and he, believing himself to be the one deceived, immediately breaks off his relationship with Victoria. The wedding day finally arrives, and Victoria, depressed and resigned to a loveless marriage with Oliver, glumly heads down the aisle for the fourth time. A final effort to reunite Victoria and Johnny succeeds, however, when George cleverly summons Johnny to the wedding by placing an emergency call to the fire department. Just as Victoria is about to take her vow, Johnny bursts into the Stafford home, throws Victoria over his shoulder and whisks her away.