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 act, Garland patches up the differences between pop and grandpop, and gets to keep her beau in the bargain. Based on the play by George M. Cohan, Little Nellie Kelly affords Judy Garland ample opportunity to sing a swing version of "Singin' in the Rain", as well as several newer songs.


Judy Garland
as Little Nellie Kelly
George Murphy
as Jerry Kelly
Charles Winninger
as Michael Noonan
Douglas McPhail
as Dennis Fogarty
Arthur Shields
as Timothy Fogarty
Rita Page
as Mary Fogarty
James Burke
as Sgt. McGowan
John Raitt
as Intern
Pat O'Malley
as Mounted Cop
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Critic Reviews for Little Nellie Kelly

All Critics (1) | Fresh (1)

  • With the sincere and accurate George Murphy's performance, there is more than enough material to make the movie very enjoyable. [Full review in Spanish]

    Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Nellie Kelly

  • Apr 29, 2009
    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 n Super Reviewer

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