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Never a Dull Moment (1950)

Kay Kingsley, a sophisticated and successful songwriter in New York City. falls in love with a widowed rancher, Chris Heyward, she meets at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo and they get ... See full summary »

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George Marshall

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Lou Breslow (screenplay), Doris Anderson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Kay
Fred MacMurray ... Chris
William Demarest ... Mears
Andy Devine ... Orvie
Gigi Perreau ... Tina
Natalie Wood ... Nan
Philip Ober ... Jed
Jack Kirkwood Jack Kirkwood ... Papa Dude
Ann Doran ... Jean
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Kay Kingsley, a sophisticated and successful songwriter in New York City. falls in love with a widowed rancher, Chris Heyward, she meets at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo and they get married, and leave for his ranch in the west. Her friends warn her of an early disillusionment with life on a ranch, far away from the glitter and bright lights of Broadway. Kay makes one difficulty adjustment after another, as the ranch is presided over by Chris's kids, and an incident occurs with a neighbor that prompts Kay to return to her glamorous life in New York. But she soon finds her heart is with Chris and his children. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aldrig en lugn stund See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Won the Harvard Lampoon's "Dullest Movie" Award. See more »

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Opening scene takes place in a rodeo arena somewhere outside Manhattan, but surrounding terrain of flat dusty land, palm trees and mountains is obviously someplace in the West. See more »

Quotes

Jed: [to Kay] Baby, you look like a bad review come to life.
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Once You Find Your Guy
by Kay Swift
Sung by Irene Dunne (uncredited)
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Life with Farmer!
31 May 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Irene Dunne, one of the best comediennes in the history of the movies, retired from acting after completing this comedy that was not up to her best work. Ms. Dunne was seen in great films during her Hollywood career that were made better by her style, sophistication and beauty. Alas, in this one, her character, Kay Kingsley is swept off her feet to a rancher who lives out west.

Kay Kingsley is part of a composing team based in Manhattan. Kay is elegant, smart, and it's hard to imagine she would fall in a short period of time for Chris, who is way out of her league, and who comes with some baggage, as he is a widower with two young daughters back home. This is a big proposition because it involves leaving behind modern plumbing and heat. Accepting that premise, Kay transplants herself to the ranch that is falling apart because of neglect and lack of money to improve it.

Things go from bad to worst. The two girls, Nan, and Tina, give Kay a guarded welcome, but they come around when they see she is a good person who has had no experience with her present situation. With the help of her neighbor Jean, Kay gets a handle on things, not before running away to Manhattan to try to see if she still wants her old life back.

The film was directed by George Marshall, a veteran of the movies, who tried to give the comedy some pacing, but doesn't succeed well. The problem with the film is Fred MacMurray, an otherwise perfect actor, who shows no chemistry with Ms. Dunne. Irene Dunne tries her best to make her Kay a wife and step-mother. William Demarest, Andie Devine, Ann Doran and Philip Ober are seen in supporting roles. Gigi Perreau, a child actress of the time, plays Tina, and Natalie Wood, who, as Neil Doyle points out, was probably having problems at the time and is not her usual self as Nan.

See the film as a curiosity and because this was Irene Dunne's swan song at the movies.


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