Has Anybody Seen My Gal


1h 28m 1952

Brief Synopsis

Wealthy Samuel Fulton is getting older and he wants to test his family before leaving his money to them. He anonymously grants them $100,000. Harriet Blaisdell moves the family into a mansion and makes plans to marry her daughter Millicent off to a socialite rather than her soda jerk boyfriend Dan.

Film Details

Also Known As
Has Anybody Seen My Girl, Oh Money, Money
Release Date
Jul 1952
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 25 Jun 1952; New York opening: 4 Jul 1952
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

In a Tarrytown, New York mansion in the late 1920s, the richest man in the world, skinflint hypochondriac Samuel G. Fulton, plans to leave his fortune to the children of the love of his life, the late Millicent Blaisdell. He explains to his lawyer, Edward Norton, that it was only because Millicent spurned him for a bookkeeper that he turned to business and made his millions, but that he always wished he could have had a family with her instead. When Norton suggests that the Blaisdell family, consisting of father Charles, mother Harriet, and children Millie, Howard and Roberta, might spend his money foolishly, Sam decides to visit them at their home in Hilverton, Vermont. Bearing a newspaper advertisement asking for a border, Sam introduces himself as a painter named John Smith. A bewildered Harriet, who does not realize that Sam himself has placed this ad, allows him to stay for one night in Grandma Millicent's old attic room. He soon finds himself partaking in the kind of home-cooked meals and cheap cigars his doctors had assumed would cause him certain death. Roberta immediately likes Sam and, after urging him to paint for her, declares she also appreciates the paint-splattered canvases which he calls "modern art." The middle-class Blaisdells are a happy family, except for Harriet, who despairs that Millie will befall the same fate as her grandmother by spurning the attentions of rich rake Carl Pennock for those of soda jerk Dan Stebbins. As Harriet attempts to push Millie into Carl's arms, Sam convinces Charles to let him stay on as a border by offering to work part-time in the store alongside Dan. One night, Millie and Dan burst in and announce their engagement. While everyone except Harriet celebrates, Norton arrives and reveals that he represents an anonymous benefactor who has bequeathed the family one hundred thousand dollars. Harriet immediately plans how to spend the money, and declares that now Dan will never be able to support Millie "in the manner to which she will become accustomed," causing Dan to storm out angrily and Millie to burst into tears. Harriet then states that the family mongrel must be replaced by French poodles and that Sam must move, causing Roberta to run out crying. Within days, Harriet buys the biggest house in town, and the Blaisdells are the toast of Hilverton society, all of whom believe that the family has inherited millions. Millie is forced to date Carl again, although he continues to be a drunken cad. When he brings her to a speakeasy one night, Sam learns of an impending raid, and rushes there to rescue her. As they escape out a window, Carl pushes Sam back into the speakeasy and Sam is arrested. Millie and Dan both arrive to bail him out, and although Sam hopes for a reconciliation, they turn away from each other. Sam continues to work at the store under its new owner, who is even cheaper than Sam. As he works one day, he overhears Howard beg a local gambler for more time to repay his two thousand dollar debt. Posing as a novice gambler, Sam visits the card tables that night and wins back Howard's IOU, but is captured in another police raid. Dan bails him out again, then determines to leave Hilverton to find his fortune, even though Sam warns him not to let Millie go because money cannot buy happiness. While Sam visits Millie that night, Howard mentions that his IOU was mysteriously returned to him, and takes her to see Dan at the movies. There, Dan spurns Millie's attempts to talk, and when she sobs that she wishes they had never gotten the money, the Pennocks see Sam comforting Millie and assume the worst. They race to the Blaisdells' cocktail party with the news that Sam is a molester, and although the pair denies the charge, Harriet insists that Millie announce her engagement to Carl immediately. At the engagement party, Charles learns that his investments have failed and calls Norton for a loan. Sam, realizing the family cannot make wise financial decisions, instructs Norton to refuse, and Charles is forced to turn to Pennock. As soon as Pennock discovers that the Blaisdells are broke, however, he leaves with his wife and Carl. Charles informs Harriet that their only hope now is to sell the house and buy back the store, and although she faints, the rest of the family rejoices. Soon, Dan and Millie are engaged and Carl has his store back. Upon learning that he has won first prize in the local art show because Roberta has seceretly entered his paintings, Sam, still protecting his real identity, races away to avoid the press. He bids goodbye to the family, who now think of him as the Blaisdell grandfather he always wished he could be.

Cast

Piper Laurie

Millie Blaisdell

Rock Hudson

Dan Stebbins

Charles Coburn

Samuel G. Fulton, also known as John Smith

Gigi Perreau

Roberta Blaisdell

Lynn Bari

Harriet Blaisdell

William Reynolds

Howard Blaisdell

Larry Gates

Charles Blaisdell

Skip Homeier

Carl Pennock

Paul Harvey

Judge Wilkins

Paul Mcvey

Mr. Pennock

Gloria Holden

Mrs. Pennock

Frank Ferguson

Edward Norton

Forrest Lewis

Martin Quinn

Fred Nurney

Fredericks

Sally Creighton

Arline Benson

Helen Wallace

Shirley White

Willard Waterman

Dr. Wallace

Fritz Feld

Alvarez

Emory Parnell

Clancy

Charles Flynn

Joe

Barney Phillips

Workman

William Fawcett

Caretaker

Edna Holland

Seamstress

Leon Tyler

Personality boy

Charles Williams

Reporter

Joey Ray

Gambler

Sam Pierce

Gambler

Mack Chandler

Gambler

Harry Mendoza

Batson

James Guilfoyle

Jailer

Ada Adams

Woman at party

Harmon Stevens

Real estate agent

Lynn Wilde

Charleston dancer

Donna Leary

Charleston dancer

Lynne Hunter

One woman

Michele Lange

Yvette

Connie Warner

Girl

June Kenny

Girl

Don Raphael

Heavyset boy with uke

James Dean

Youth in drugstore

Doug Carter

Tom

Spec O'donnell

Candy vendor

W. James Adamson

Chauffeur

Bob Slaven

Boy

Rod Barclay

Tony

Philo Mccullough

Mr. Benson

Gilbert Fallman

Mr. White

Jack Mower

Court clerk

Ray Flynn

Butler

John Tuggle

Pat Combs

Jeanne Gail

Joy Hallward

Larry Carr

Paul Bryar

Dick Winters

Al G. Smith

Otto Malde

Earl Brown

Samuel Franklin

Ann Duncan

Patti Mckaye

Bob Crosby

Helen Dickson

Tom Costello

Dick Gordon

Lulu Mae Bohrman

Nadine Dennis

Eric Alden

Bob Dulaine

Earl Spainard

Film Details

Also Known As
Has Anybody Seen My Girl, Oh Money, Money
Release Date
Jul 1952
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 25 Jun 1952; New York opening: 4 Jul 1952
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Quotes

You've a lovely family, Millicent. It could have been my family if you hadn't been so darn obstinate!
- Samuel Fulton

Trivia

Notes

The working titles for this film were Oh Money, Money and Has Anybody Seen My Girl. Although some reviews and modern sources end the title with a question mark, the onscreen credits do not include a question mark. The film's action opens with a title card reading: "This is a story about money... remember it?" A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Iris Krasnow to the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Another Hollywood Reporter news item notes that the trailer for Has Anybody Seen My Gal was the first to mix a color cartoon and live action scenes. On January 11, 1954, Rock Hudson and Piper Laurie reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre presentation of this film that co-starred Gene Lockhart. Lockhart also starred in the May 3, 1956 Lux Video Theatre version.