The Stork Club (December 28, 1945)

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Betty Hutton in The Stork Club
 

Released December 28, 1945: A wealthy old man is saved from drowning by a hat-check girl at the Stork Club, and in appreciation he gives her a fortune . . . but when her boyfriend finds out, he thinks she is a 'kept woman'.

Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva

Directed by Hal Walker

The Actors: Betty Hutton (Judy Peabody), Barry Fitzgerald (Jerry B. 'J.B. Pops' Bates), Don DeFore (Sergeant Danny Wilton), Andy Russell (Jimmy 'Jim' Jones), Robert Benchley (Tom P. Curtis, the lawyer), Bill Goodwin (Sherman Billingsley, Stork Club owner), Iris Adrian (Gwen, Judy's friend), Mary Young (Mrs. Edith Bates), Charles Coleman (MacFiske, the butler), Perc Launders (Tom, the saxophone player), Mikhail Rasumny (Mr. Coretti, matire d'), Catherine Craig (Louella Parsons), Audrey Young (Jenny, hat check girl), Jean Acker (dress saleslady), Sam Ash (ringsider), Mae Busch (Vera), Anthony Caruso (Joe the fisherman), Frank Chalfant (Messenger with Bates' Gift for Judy), Edwin Chandler (Deb's escort), Mary Currier (Hazel Billingsley), Steve Darrell (Stork Club Captain #3), John Deauville (Yorke Towers elevator operator), Bruce Donovan (Bill, Stork Club starter), Gloria Donovan (Barbara Billingsley), Jimmie Dundee (Fred, fisherman), Franklyn Farnum (nightclub diner), Jack Gargan (nightclub extra), Diane Garrett (cigarette girl), Dorothy Garrett (cashier), William Haade (Army Sergeant dancing with Judy), William Halligan (Barny, theatrical agent), Reed Howes (patron), Darrell Huntley (Chuck, fisherman), Mary Icide (showgirl), Jerry James (the Canteen emcee), Roberta Jonay (Molly, hat check girl), Colin Kenny (nightclub extra), Audrey Korn (showgirl), Vivian Mason (showgirl), Georgia McCready (showgirl), William Meader (Bates' chauffeur), Harry Hays Morgan (diner at the Stork Club), Joan Morton (showgirl), Noel Neill (Jacqueline Billingsley), Roger Neury (Stork Club Captain #1), William Newell (Higgins, Judy's chauffeur), Tony Paton (Stork Club dishwasher), Renee Randall (showgirl), Jack Rice (Stork Club Captain #2), Elaine Riley (Deb), Cosmo Sardo (Rocco, Stork Club waiter), Jeffrey Sayre (nighclub dance extra), Jackie Shannon (cigarette girl), Paul Stanton (Mr. Hanson, Locke's credit manager), Jane Starr (Mess Patten, Billingsley's secretary), Grady Sutton (Peter, salesman), Beverly Thompson (showgirl), Alvina Tomin (showgirl), Miriam Vance (showgirl), Pierre Watkin (Mr. Gray), Audrey Westphal (showgirl), Douglas Wood (Dr. Marston)

 

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Don't ya just love those old movies that have a young fellow that's in love with a young girl . . . but innocent circumstances makes one of them believe that the other one is a skunk, and everything gets so messed up that it looks like they will never, ever, ever get together? But then somehow, some way, it all gets straightened out and everyone lives happily ever after? Well, this is one of the best, with all of the stars that you know and love.

Barry Fitzgerald, with his huggable face and scottish accent is a wealthy old gentleman that is mourning the loss of his wife. They got into a fight, and when she threatened to walk out on him, he told her to go ahead, he didn't care. So off she went, leaving wealthy 'JB' alone with all his money. So one day he is walking by the water and his hat blows off and rolls towards the water, and as he chased his hat, he fell in, and is drowning. Laying in the sun nearby is beautiful blonde Betty Hutton, playing Judy Peabody. She rushes into the water and saves J.B., and he is very grateful, and asks what her name is and where she works. She thinks he is just a poor old guy, and tells him her name and that she is a hat-check girl at the Stork Club. When J.B. get back to his mansion, he calls for his lawyer, and decides to make Judy a wealthy girl in gratitude for saving his life. And he orders his lawyer to keep his name anonomous - she must never know who gave her all the money. So when the letter is being delivered to Judy, J.B. wants to be there and watch, so he puts on old raggedy clothes and visits her. When Judy gets the letter, she isn't sure it is for real, so she takes her new friend the bum she saved from drowning, and her coat-check partner to the biggest New York City departement store where the note says she has an unlimited account. When she discovers that her buying power is indeed unlimited, she buys fur coats, fancy dresses, and anything else she can find. She also discovers that she has been given a luxury apartment suite with many bedrooms, and invites the bum (J.B., her wealthy benefactor) to stay with her in the apartment until she can find him a job.

Now all is well and good, but this is 1945, and WWII is over, and Judy's boyfriend Danny (Don DeFore) is coming home to claim his girl. When he discovers her abundance of wealth, he is certain that she has become a 'kept woman,' but he doesn't know who the man is. Judy thinks that it may be the owner of the Stork Club, who was kind to Judy when she was late for work, but she isn't sure. And every time Danny enters the room where Judy is, she is always innocently with either J.B. or the Stork Club owner, and it looks like more than friendship, so Danny is mad and about to break up with Judy. And J.B. is still mourning the love of his life, his wife of many years that walked out on him, he believes for another man. So we have two couples that are unhappy in love, and it looks like neither of them will find the happiness that they seek.

Grab your bowl of white kernel popcorn drizzled with lots of warm melted butter, get into a comfy chair and enjoy one wonderful romantic comedy with lots of style, big band boogie woogie, the unique megaphone singing voice of Betty Hutton, and a comedy of catastrophies that will keep you engaged right to the happy ending. And if you want to hear more songs from Betty Hutton, surf on over to my music site, Free-Classic-Music.com

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