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Dream Girl

Dream Girl(1948)

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The spoken foreword to the film states: "We're about to ask you wonderful people out there to do a very dirty trick. We want you to listen in on a young lady who talks to herself about herself whenever she gets a chance. And when she runs out of words, takes right off into a great big daydream. If you have never done any of these things, it wouldn't be fair. Will anyone who hasn't please leave the theater?" No screenplay credit is included in the film. Although prior to this film's general release, Arthur Sheekman was credited with writing the script, his name was removed from the final prints. The New York Times, which gave the film an unfavorable review, stated, "It strikes us as highly significant that no writers claim credit for the script."
       According to modern sources, Elmer Rice wrote the play for his wife, actress Betty Field, who played the lead in the hit Broadway production. Field was expected to recreate her stage role on the screen, but was passed over for Betty Hutton, who had more box office pull. Paramount reportedly paid Rice $200,000 for the screen rights to his play. Several reviews commented unfavorably on the decision to make "Georgie" upper class, instead of middle-class, as she is in the play. In the play, Georgie's daydreams helped her to liberate herself from her hopelessly mundane life. Hutton's voice was dubbed by New York Metropolitan Opera soprano Nadine Connor for the "One Fine Day" aria from Madame Butterfly, according to Variety. This film marked Hutton's return to the screen after a year's absence, during which she gave birth to daughter Lindsay Diane Briskin. According to Paramount News, Joe Lilley, of Paramount's music department, made his acting debut in the film as the piano player in the South Sea honky-tonk sequence. According to CBCS records, John Abbott was originally set to play the role of "Professor Meely," but his role was cut from the film.