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Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Herman Wouk (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Noel Airman
Natalie Wood ... Marjorie Morgenstern
Claire Trevor ... Rose Morgenstern
Everett Sloane ... Arnold Morgenstern
Martin Milner ... Wally Wronkin (as Marty Milner)
Carolyn Jones ... Marsha Zelenko
George Tobias ... Maxwell Greech
Martin Balsam ... Dr. David Harris
Jesse White ... Lou Michaelson
Edd Byrnes ... Sandy Lamm (as Edward Byrnes)
Paul Picerni ... Philip Berman
Alan Reed ... Puddles Podell
Ruta Lee ... Imogene Norman
Ed Wynn ... Uncle Samson
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Storyline

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated... Written by HelenLipson<lipson@mnstate.edu>

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Would this glamorous girl choose love...or a star-spangled Career? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe der Marjorie Morningstar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Beachwold Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although "Southwinds Hotel," where Marjorie meets Noel, is supposed to be in the Catskill Mountains (NW of New York City), the movie was actually filmed at Schroon Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains (NE of New York City). See more »

Goofs

At Marsha's wedding, Marjorie extinguishes her cigarette twice. See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Morgenstern: Were you in love with Papa when you married him?
Rose Morgenstern: When I met your father I was in love with Rudolph Valentino.
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit for the perfume worn by the leading players. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Warner Bros. logo and the WarnerColor credit are cut from television and video prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Carolyn Jones: Morticia and More (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

A Very Precious Love
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Great Soap Opera Wallow
24 January 2003 | by mg1119See all my reviews

This is just one of those glossy '50s tearjerkers, with glamorous people, pretty Technicolor, and fab costumes. The best thing about it is Gene Kelly, who is absolutely handsome, charming, and sexy as a slimy rogue who leads the sweet, innocent Natalie Wood down a treacherous emotional path. The two stars have tremendous chemistry, in spite of the large age difference between them. Kelly proves that he is (was?) a marvelous dramatic actor, a side seldom seen in his career outside of this movie. He should have done more of it. Wood is more of a raw, unpolished talent at this point in her career, but her vulnerability and ability to bring real tears to a scene makes her performance tremendously affecting. She's also radiant and beautiful, showing off her Audrey Hepburn-like ingenuous charisma. This is not a perfect movie, but you will be engrossed and emotionally moved by it. Fine performances also by the supporting cast, including Martin Milner, Ed Wynn, Carolyn Jones, and just about everyone else. A fine popcorn romance.


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