Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

Little Nellie Kelly





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Judy Garland performs her only on-screen death scene early in the proceedings of Little Nellie Kelly. But despair not! Garland soon reappears as the daughter of the character she was playing in the film's first reels. Now a girl of 20, Garland has fallen in love with Douglas McPhail, much to the dismay of her father George Murphy and grandfather Charles Winninger. However, Murphy and Winninger are too much at odds with each other to give proper attention to Garland. Going into her Miss Fixit … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George M. Cohan, Jack McGowan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 1992



as Little Nellie Kelly

as Jerry Kelly

as Michael Noonan

as Dennis Fogarty

as Timothy Fogarty

as Mary Fogarty

as Moriarity

as Sgt. McGowan

as Intern

as Mounted Cop
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Critic Reviews for Little Nellie Kelly

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Time Out
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Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Little Nellie Kelly

Judy is lovely here, perhaps looking her best ever, but the film is extremely hoky but if you love Judy its worth a viewing.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Minor but very sweet Judy Garland film, and certainly one of her least known movies. It?s delightful, good songs and a simple but entertaining story. Charles Winninger is great in a supporting role. Decent but obviously not a amply budgeted production, but that adds to the films charm.

James Higgins

This movie was a transitional role for Judy Garland from child star to adult star. There are some memorable musical numbers, and Judy Garland is charming as always, but the ending was very unsatisfying! Especially when you consider that it could have been a powerful storyline, if it had been executed properly.

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