John Van Druten


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Gaslight (1944) - You Shall Have Your Dream Vacationing at Lake Como, new husband Gregory (Charles Boyer) mentions his apparently coincidental dream of a home in London, identical to the home in which his traumatized wife Paula (Ingrid Bergman) found her murdered aunt, early in George Cukor's Gaslight, 1944.
Gaslight (1944) - Free Yourself From The Past From director George Cukor’s opening in foggy London, we jump ten years to Italy where Ingrid Bergman has matured, but is losing interest in opera, to the dismay of her devoted teacher (Emil Rameau as Maestro Guardi), and Charles Boyer appears in his first scene as a mere hired accompanist, in Gaslight, 1944.
Night Must Fall (1937) -- You Agree With Me Danny (Robert Montgomery) is ingratiating himself with Mrs. Bramson (Dame May Whitty) while her niece Olivia (Rosalind Russell) reconsiders his charms, only to grow suspicious about the tune he whistles, in Night Must Fall, 1937.
Night Must Fall (1937) -- I Am Not A Snob Danny (Robert Montgomery) has just been introduced to the household where his girlfriend Dora (Merle Tottenham) is the maid and Olivia (Rosalind Russell) works for her aunt Mrs. Bramson (Dame May Whitty) in Night Must Fall, 1937.
Night Must Fall (1937) - Perfectly Ordinary English People Joining the interrogation by Matthew Boulton as detective Belsize, who’s just introduced himself to Mrs. Bramson (Dame May Whitty), mistress of a quiet country household, with Kathleen Harrison her cook and Rosalind Russell her niece and assistant, providing a speech from the Emlyn Williams play, in MGM’s Night Must Fall, 1937, starring Academy Award-nominated Robert Montgomery.
Parnell (1937) - The Greatest Patriot Not much equivocation, in the prologue or the speech by Clark Gable as the title character, the Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, in MGM’s synopsis of the barnstorming tour of America the real man made in 1880, opening the romanticized biopic Parnell, 1937, co-starring Myrna Loy.
Parnell (1937) - You Take My Breath Away Connected English political wife Katie O'Shea (Myrna Loy) has won an audience with firebrand Irish MP Parnell (Clark Gable), their first scene together though he has, it turns out, seen her before, in Parnell, 1937.
Old Acquaintance (1943) - My Fatal Beauty In New York, years later during which time Millie (Miriam Hopkins) also becomes a best-selling novelist, she scolds husband Preston (John Loder), who retreats with mentor, friend, rival and baby-sitter Kit (Bette Davis), dropping his own bombshell, in Vincent Sherman's Old Acuqaintance, 1943.
Old Acquaintance (1943) - Every Woman Has A Ghost After another 10-year leap, during WWII, author Kit (Bette Davis) has agreed to meet Preston (John Loder), who left his wife in a failed attempt to win her, and she’s arranged for her young lover (Gig Young) to bring along Preston’s now-grown daughter (Dolores Moran), in Old Acquaintance, 1943.
One For The Book (a.k.a. Voice Of The Turtle) -- (1948) - You're Not In Love With Me Director Irving Rapper’s second scene, in wartime Manhattan, distinguished married playwright Ken (Kent Smith) is dumping his girlfriend, actress Sally (Eleanor Parker) because she’s fallen too hard, the final parting at her apartment, in One For The Book (a.k.a. Voice Of The Turtle), 1948, from the hit play by John Van Druten.
One For The Book -- (1948) - This War Has Made Men So Unpredictable Eve Arden as actress Olive, in wartime New York, visiting fellow actress Sally (Eleanor Parker), just jilted by her married lover, discovers her preferred paramour is available, leaving the problem of the other boyfriend coming to meet her, in One For The Book (a.ka. Voice Of The Turtle), 1948.
One For The Book (a.k.a. Voice Of The Turtle) -- (1948) - Those Very Handsome Pajamas Actress Sally (Eleanor Parker), in wartime NYC, is surprised to run into soldier Bill (Ronald Reagan) at the deli, where they indirectly discuss his having spent the night, quite innocently, at her place, other customers aghast, in One For The Book (a.k.a. Voice Of The Turtle), 1948.

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