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Dream Girl (1948)





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Elmer Rice's clever stage comedy Dream Girl is Hollywoodized and "dumbed down" almost beyond recognition in this 1948 film version. In place of the original play's Betty Field, Betty Hutton stars Georgina Allerton, who periodically escapes her humdrum existence by retreating into elaborate daydreams. Georgina's fantasy excursions disturb her parents (Walter Abel and Peggy Wood) and her married sister (Virginia Field), who wish that she'd grow up already and stop all this nonsense. Only when she falls truly in love with Clark Redfield (Macdonald Carey) does Georgina abandon her dream world. Like the previous year's Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the film version of Dream Girl substitutes the quiet whimsy of its source with slapstick and overstatement; additionally, Elmer Rice's three-dimensional supporting characters are transformed into cardboard stereotypes. And just so the audience doesn't miss anything, the producers have added a voiceover narration to explain what has just been seen. With all this going against Dream Girl, Betty Hutton emerges unscathed, delivering a lot better performance than her material warrants.


Betty Hutton
as Georgina Allerton
Macdonald Carey
as Clark redfield
Patric Knowles
as Jim Lucas
Virginia Field
as Miriam Allerton Lucas
Walter Abel
as George Allerton
Peggy Wood
as Lucy Allerton
Carolyn Butler
as Claire Bleakley
Lowell Gilmore
as George Hand
Zamah Cunningham
as Mme. Kimmeloff, Music Teacher
Frank Puglia
as Antonio
Selmer Jackson
as Judge `Jed' Allerton
Dorothy Christy
as Mollie Hand
John Dehner
as Radio announcer
Tad Van Brunt
as Dramatic Student
Mary MacLaren
as Judge Allerton's wife
Bess Flowers
as Social secretary
Selmar Jackson
as Judge Jed Allerton
Frederic Nay
as Assistant Florist
Jerry James
as Best man
Ida Moore
as A Woman
John K. Butler
as Shabby little man
Al Kikume
as South sea island policeman
Noble Johnson
as Bartender
John Abbott
as Professor Meely
Jean Acker
as Society Reporter
Robert Landry
as Society Magazine Photographer
John Marlowe
as Florist
Russell Paul Batty
as Hairdresser
Paul Oman
as Announcer
Gladys Blake
as Telephone Operator
Sedal Bennett
as Mrs. Antonio
Frank Mayo
as Sharpless, Opera Singer
Renee Randall
as Bridesmaid
Audrey Westphall
as Bridesmaid
Pat Patrick
as Bridesmaid
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Not Betty's best but a pleasant enough comic fantasy.

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