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That Hagan Girl

Synopsis
Feature film. Mary Hagan (Temple) lives in small-town Ohio and is subject to vicious gossip about the identity of her father, Tom Bates (Reagan), rumoured to be a prominent lawyer. When the lawyer returns to town and begins a romance with Julia Kane (Maxwell) Mary’s favourite teacher, Mary attempts suicide. Bates rescues her when she throws herself in the river and appears to fall in love with Mary. Julia encourages Mary to audition for a part in Romeo and Juliet but pressure from the college authorities force her to give the role to another student. The student falls ill and Mary performs the part to great acclaim.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1947
Duration
83 mins
Availability
No archive copy or distributor found (12/2009).

Credits

Director
Peter Godfrey
Producer
Alex Gottlieb
Cinematographer
Karl Freund
Screenplay
Charles Hoffman
Music
Franz Waxman
Costume
Travilla
Art Direction
Stanley Fleischer
Cast
Shirley TempleMary Hagan (Juliet)
Lois MaxwellJulia Kane
Ronald ReaganTom Bates

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); School productions

Notes

General
Based on the novel by Edith Roberts. Ronald Reagan is reputed to have detested the film and made repeated attempts to be released from his contract, complaining about the mock incest plot. The film is included in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way) by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.

Production Company

Name

Warner Bros Pictures

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