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Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
is a 1948 American romantic comedy film,[2][3] which stars Greer Garson
Greer Garson
and Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon
as a married couple who are soon separated by his snobbish family. They meet again many years later, when the daughter he has raised, played by Elizabeth Taylor, invites her mother to her wedding. The film also features Peter Lawford
Peter Lawford
and Cesar Romero. This adaptation of Margery Sharp's novel The Nutmeg Tree – which was also the basis of the 1940 Broadway play Lady in Waiting[4] – was director Jack Conway's final film.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Box office 5 Critical reception 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] In 1936 London, mature showgirl Julia Packett (Greer Garson) leads a precarious life. She pretends to be contemplating suicide in order to finagle some money out of a male friend in order to pay her bills. Then, she receives a wedding invitation from her daughter Susan (Elizabeth Taylor). As a young woman, Julia had married wealthy William Packett (Walter Pidgeon). However, after fourteen months of marriage, his disapproving mother (Lucile Watson) had managed to break them up. Julia returned to show business, but left her infant daughter with her husband, so that the child could be raised in more secure circumstances. On the boat trip to France, she meets and becomes attracted to Fred Ghenoccio (Cesar Romero), a muscular acrobat, and in Paris performs with his troupe to great success. Later, Fred proposes to her as her train pulls away from the station. When Julia reaches her destination, she is penniless, so following her usual methods, she gets a stranger, Colonel Willowbrook (Nigel Bruce), to give her money, supposedly for an evening gown and other clothing. However, she sneaks away before Willowbrook tries to become better acquainted with her. Her mother-in-law is less than pleased to see her, but Julia manages to see Susan, who insists she stay. As time goes by, William's love for Julia revives. Meanwhile, Julia observes that Susan has strong feelings about lovestruck painter Ritchie Lorgan (Peter Lawford), though he is not her fiancé. Though Susan claims to be merely annoyed, Julia sees that Susan loves the young man and does her best to bring the two together. It works. Meanwhile, Julia remains skeptical of William's restored love, unable to forget the past. Complications arise when Fred shows up to claim his "fiancée." However, when William encounters his old friend, Colonel Willowbrook, he learns of Julia's misdeed. William persuades his friend to pretend to not know him and interrupt their breakfast. The revelation of Julia's questionable method of raising funds sends Fred packing. Eventually, Susan takes Julia's suggestion and elopes with Ritchie. When William chases after them, followed by Julia, they discover they have been tricked into going to the wrong place. Following Susan's instructions, servants drive away their cars, leaving them stranded for 48 hours in their isolated honeymoon cabin. Julia tries to walk away in a rainstorm, but ends up in the mud. When William comes to her rescue, he ends up sprawled in the muck as well, leaving them both laughing at their predicament. Cast[edit]

Greer Garson
Greer Garson
as Julia Packett Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon
as William Sylvester Packett Peter Lawford
Peter Lawford
as Ritchie Lorgan Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
as Susan Packett Cesar Romero
Cesar Romero
as Fred Ghenoccio Lucile Watson
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Packett Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce
as Colonel Bruce "Bunny" Willowbrook Mary Boland
Mary Boland
as Ma Gheneccio Reginald Owen
Reginald Owen
as Benjamin Hawkins, Julia's friend Henry Stephenson
Henry Stephenson
as Lord Pennystone, Susan's future father-in-law Aubrey Mather
Aubrey Mather
as the Vicar Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
as Hobson, the butler Fritz Feld
Fritz Feld
as Pepito Phyllis Morris as Daisy Veda Ann Borg
Veda Ann Borg
as Louise Harry Allen as bill collector (uncredited)

Cast notes

Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
not only turned 16 during the filming of Julia Misbehaves, she also received her first onscreen kiss during it, from Peter Lawford. Taylor had a crush on Lawford, and pursued him, but he had been warned that she was off-limits, and finally had to tell her there was no chance of a romance between them. Taylor stayed in bed for days after that, until a visit from Lawford smoothed things out, and they remained friends.[5] During filming, Lawford introduced Greer Garson
Greer Garson
to E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson, an oil and cattle millionaire from Texas, whom she married the next year.[5]

Production[edit] Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
began with the working titles "The Nutmeg Tree" – the title of the 1937 novel by Margery Sharp
Margery Sharp
it was based on – and "Speak to Me of Love". The screenplay was originally to have been written by James Hilton and would have starred Gracie Fields. Announced in April 1941, it was postponed later in the year due to Fields unavailability.[4] In 1946 the project was revived, with Greer Garson
Greer Garson
in the lead role and with Everett Riskin as the producer, replacing Dore Schary, who had replaced Sidney Franklin.[4] Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
was the fourth of six films in which Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson
Greer Garson
co-starred.[4] Box office[edit] The film earned $2,948,000 in the US and Canada and $1,549,000 overseas resulting in a profit of $298,000.[1][6] Critical reception[edit] The reviewer for The New York Times
The New York Times
commented that Garson was "out of her element" in the film, although the Variety reviewer said that she "aquits (sic) herself like a lady out to prove she can be hoydenish when necessary. She proves it and audiences will like the new Garson."[4] References[edit] Notes

^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ Variety film review; August 18, 1948, page 11. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; August 14, 1948, page 131. ^ a b c d e "Notes" on TCM.com ^ a b LoBianco, Lorraine. "Julia Misbehaves" on TCM.com ^ "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46

External links[edit]

Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
at the American Film Institute Catalog Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
at the TCM Movie Database Julia Misbehaves
Julia Misbehaves
on IMDb

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Films directed by Jack Conway

The Penitentes
The Penitentes
(1915) Her Decision
Her Decision
(1918) You Can't Believe Everything
You Can't Believe Everything
(1918) The Servant in the House
The Servant in the House
(1921) Across the Dead-Line
Across the Dead-Line
(1922) Step on It! (1922) The Prisoner (1923) Lucretia Lombard
Lucretia Lombard
(1923) The Only Thing (1925) Soul Mates (1925) Brown of Harvard (1926) The Understanding Heart (1927) Twelve Miles Out
Twelve Miles Out
(1927) Bringing Up Father (1928) The Smart Set (1928) While the City Sleeps (1928) Alias Jimmy Valentine
Alias Jimmy Valentine
(1928) Our Modern Maidens
Our Modern Maidens
(1929) Untamed (1929) They Learned About Women (1930) The Unholy Three (1930) New Moon (1930) The Easiest Way
The Easiest Way
(1931) Just a Gigolo (1931) But the Flesh Is Weak (1932) Red-Headed Woman
Red-Headed Woman
(1932) Hell Below
Hell Below
(1933) The Solitaire Man
The Solitaire Man
(1933) The Nuisance (1933) Viva Villa!
Viva Villa!
(1934) The Girl from Missouri (1934) The Gay Bride
The Gay Bride
(1934) One New York Night (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Libeled Lady
Libeled Lady
(1936) Saratoga (1937) A Yank at Oxford
A Yank at Oxford
(1938) Too Hot to Handle (1938) Lady of the Tropics
Lady of the Tropics
(1939) Boom Town (1940) Love Crazy (1941) Honky Tonk (1941) Crossroads (1942) Assignment in Brittany
Assignment in Brittany
(1943) Dragon Seed (1944) High Barbaree (1947) The Hucksters
The Hucksters
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