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Margaret Sullavan

Postby Fossy » May 26th, 2013, 11:50 pm

The Good Fairy (1935)

Set in Budapest, and based on “ A jo tunder” ,a play by Ferenc Molnar, translated to English by Jane Hinton.

Margaret Sullavan—Louisa Ginglebuscher
Herbert Marshall—Dr. Max Sporum, a Lawyer
Frank Morgan—Konrad, Millonaire owner of a meat packing plant
Reginald Owen—Detlaff, a waiter
Beulah Bondi—Dr Schultz, who manages the orphan asylum
Alan Hale—Maurice Schlapkohl

Maurice approaches Dr Schutz with a view to hiring one of the older orphans to work as an usher in his theatre. He feels that a girl from the orphanage will be less flirtatious than the girls who presently work for him. He chooses Louisa, who is determined to be a “good fairy” to anyone who may need help.
While working at the theatre she directs Detlaff, but Detlaff objects and goes through another door, having told Louisa he takes only orders at work. After work Louisa is accosted by a stage door johnny, in an attempt to get away from him she tells him she is married. The “johnny” does not believe her. Detlaff walks by, and pretending that he is her husband, Louisa embraces him, telling him of her problem .

They go to supper, and he arranges for her to go to a ball the next evening. At the ball she meets Konrad, who is determined to seduce her, she tells him she is married. While Konrad is distracted she picks a name from the phone book, Dr Max Sporum.
Konrad agrees to give Max a well paying job if she will have supper with him the next night. With money supplied by Konrad, Max and Louisa go on a spending spree. But she must meet Konrad in his apartment, where she manages to thwart Konrad.

All ends well when Louisa and Max are wed.

The movie was remade as I`ll Be Yours (1947)

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