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Chicken Every Sunday (1949)

A rueful wife (circa 1910) recalls 20 years of her husband's financial fumbles, as she keeps a boarding house to support the family.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Valentine Davies (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... Jim Hefferan
Celeste Holm ... Emily Hefferan
Colleen Townsend ... Rosemary Hefferan
Alan Young ... Geoffrey Lawson
Natalie Wood ... Ruthie Hefferan
William Frawley ... George Kirby
Connie Gilchrist ... Millie Moon
William Callahan William Callahan ... Harold Crandall
Veda Ann Borg ... Rita Kirby
Porter Hall ... Sam Howell
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Robinson
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Mildred Lawson
Roy Roberts ... Harry Bowers
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Jake Barker
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Storyline

Tucson, Arizona, circa 1910: Emily Hefferan wants a divorce. In flashback, she recalls twenty years of marriage to Jim Hefferan, who sinks every cent of each new windfall in harebrained investments. Emily only keeps a roof over the family by taking in boarders...more and more of them. But Jim's latest deal goes just a little too far. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

HERE'S YOUR DISH (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Paco Granados Fan site)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Du poulet tous les dimanches See more »

Filming Locations:

Gardnerville, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. first bought the rights to the novel in 1944 and Mervyn LeRoy was hired as the director. But Warners subsequently sold the property to Fox. See more »

Quotes

Emily Hefferan: There are other homes in town that take in guests.
Rita Kirby: Yeah, I tried 'em all. Those dumps are full too. I mean... nice place you got here.
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Connections

Followed by The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Hefferan Family (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

By the Light of the Silvery Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Performed by a chorus during the opening credits
Also played during the porch scene
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Classic American cinema, circa mid-20th century
11 August 2003 | by B24See all my reviews

From the novel by Rosemary Drachman Taylor -- who wrote some sequels as well -- this film more or less accurately portrays the life of a pioneer Tucson family at the turn of the last century. As such, it cannot survive much fictional tampering or other kinds of cinematic tricks. It has to be taken strictly as a straightforward tale of ordinary people engaged in ordinary life struggles.

What sets it apart from other stories of its kind is the unique character of the entrepreneurial father, as played moderately well by the late Dan Dailey. An engaging man who was known as well as an accomplished dancer, he played the role of the author's father always looking for but never quite arriving on "Easy Street." Celeste Holm, who has come to be almost a legend in her own time, is the long-suffering but constant and practical mother.

Certain license is involved with some outdoor takes, but on the whole I recommend the film highly as an amusing and true story. Don't be put off by the absence of any clever or unusual plot twists or weird characters. This is the very definition of "G" rated.

I grew up a few houses down from the actual Drachman house. It was only one story, but capacious.


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