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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)





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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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Audience Reviews for Little Nellie Kelly


Overly sentimental, but a fine showcase for young Judy Garland (in her first "starring" role); she sings "It's a Great Day for the Irish" and "Singin' in the Rain," among other songs.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

I enjoyed this film very much. Judy Garland looks lovely as always and she sings "Singing in the rain" for the first time ever which is a classic. FYI I cried with this one.

Stefanie Rizzi
Stefanie Rizzi

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
James Higgins

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