Hi, Beautiful


1h 4m 1944

Film Details

Also Known As
Be It Ever So Humble
Release Date
Dec 18, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Film Length
5,771ft

Synopsis

Patty Callahan's routine life as the caretaker of a model home is disrupted when she discovers private Jeff Peters of the U.S. Army sleeping in the model's master bedroom. Jeff, unable to find a hotel room for his furlough, decides to move into the model, much to the chagrin of Patty and her maid, Millie. After Jeff rescues Patty from the amorous attentions of Babcock, her boss, Patty agrees to spend her Saturday afternoon with the soldier. When their bus driver quits in a dispute with another passenger, Patty takes the wheel and drives the bus to a nearby beach amusement park. Later, Patty and Jeff learn about a radio contest for which a $5,000 grand prize is being offered for the photograph of "the happiest G.I. couple." While Jeff wants to enter the contest, Patty feels that it would cheapen their relationship. Millie, however, is unaware of Patty's sentiments and sends in a photograph of the couple. Jeff and Patty's photograph wins the contest, but the sponsors are given the mistaken impression that the couple is married. Feeling that she has been betrayed by Jeff, Patty orders him to leave, which he does before Millie has a chance to explain matters. As radio sponsor Gerald Bisbee has telephoned to announce that he and his wife plan to deliver the $5,000 check to the "happy" couple that night, Millie scrambles to reunite the couple. First, Millie finds Jeff at the local U.S.O. and tells him the truth, including the fact that she sent a note along with the photograph stating that Jeff and Patty have three children and a dog. Jeff then returns to the model home and convinces Patty to pretend to be his wife for a visiting "couple." With the help of some neighborhood children, Jeff and Patty successfully continue the charade for the Bisbees, until Babcock arrives and exposes them. Afraid of adverse publicity, Bisbee agrees to give the couple the prize money, and Babcock agrees to sell them the model home if they are married by the next day. Millie then tells Patty the truth about sending in the photograph, after which Jeff proposes marriage and Patty accepts.

Film Details

Also Known As
Be It Ever So Humble
Release Date
Dec 18, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Film Length
5,771ft

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Be It Ever So Humble. According to the opening onscreen credits, the title of Eleanore Griffin and William Rankin's original story was "Be It Ever So Humble." Universal previously filmed Griffin and Rankin's original story in 1937 as Love in a Bungalow, starring Nan Grey and Kent Taylor and directed by Raymond B. McCarey (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2598).