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FULL SYNOPSIS

The usual modus operandi for Hollywood "through the years" sagas was to gradually age its young actors in the course of the film. In Mrs. Parkington, 35-year-old Greer Garson appears in old-lady makeup for virtually the entire 124-minute running time, even though this filmization of Louis Bromfield's best-selling novel covers the years 1875 through 1938. Eightyish widow Mrs. Susie Parkington (Garson) gathers together all of her grown children in an effort to bail out son-in-law Amory Stilham (Edward Arnold), who's gotten in Dutch through crooked financial deals. As the children and grandchildren bicker over the "impossibility" of giving up any part of their inheritance, Mrs. Parkington's mind wanders back to her marriage to wealthy mine owner Maj. Augustus Parkington (Walter Pidgeon) and her own efforts, as an unlearned Nevada serving girl, to fit into proper Manhattan society. Augustus' ex-love Aspasia Conti (Agnes Moorehead, in a surprisingly sexy role) is engaged to teach Susie the in and outs of which fork to use and how low to curtsy. Shut out by the "400," Susie is avenged by her husband, who wheels and deals to ruin the snobs financially. Later on, he assuages his anger by conducting several extramarital affairs, before perishing in one of those convenient movie auto accidents. Just how all these incidents strengthen Mrs. Parkington's resolve to rescue her wastrel son-in-law is a mystery that even two viewings of this overlong soap opera may not solve. Incidentally, Greer Garson isn't the only one who is prematurely aged in Mrs. Parkington; keep an eye out for 27-year-old Hans Conried, convincingly playing a doddering musician. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 12, 1944

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Agnes Moorehead Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1944 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Agnes Moorehead Best Supporting Actress 1944 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Greer Garson Best Actress 1944 Nominee

Cast

Greer Garson
as Susie Parkington
Walter Pidgeon
as Maj. Augustus Parkington
Edward Arnold
as Amory Stilham
Agnes Moorehead
as Aspasia Conti
Peter Lawford
as Lord Thornley
Cecil Kellaway
as Edward, Prince of Wales
Dan Duryea
as Jack Stilham
Gladys Cooper
as Alice, Duchess De Brancourt
Frances Rafferty
as Jane Stilham
Hugh Marlowe
as John Marbey
Selena Royle
as Mattie Trounsen
Fortunio Bonanova
as Signor Cellini
Lee Patrick
as Madeleine
Harry Cording
as Humphrey
Mary Servoss
as Mrs. Graham
Rod Cameron
as AlSwann
Helen Freeman
as Helen Stilham
Tala Birell
as Nora Ebbsworth
Hans Conried
as Mr. Ernst
Jessie Arnold
as Pedestrians in Mining Town
Bobby Barber
as Caterer
Margaret Bert
Billy Bletcher
John Bohn
Symona Boniface
as Fitter
Eugene Borden
as Drunk
Ruth Brady
as Bridgett
Maurice Brierre
as Waiters at Ball
Charles Cane
Maurice Cass
as Shopkeeper
Wallis Clark
as Capt. McTavish
Ann Codee
as Mme. Dupont
Marcelle Corday
as Mme. de Thebes
Franco Corsaro
as Gypsy Fiddler
George Davis
as French Policeman
Vernon Dent
Billy Engle
Rex Evans
as Fat Man
Al Ferguson
Edward Fielding
as Rev. Pilbridge
Byron Foulger
as Vance
Robert Greig
as Mr. Orlando
Grace Hayle
as Fat Lady
Howard Hickman
as Dr. Herrick
Al Hill
Brandon Hurst
as Footman
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Jacob Livingston
Nolan Leary
Bert LeBaron
Kay Medford
as Minnie
Fred Rapport
Frank Reicher
as French Doctor
Gordon Richards
as James the Butler
Wyndham Standing
as Butler
Harry Tyler
Doodles Weaver
as Caterer
Mary Zavian
Harry Adams
Donna Reed
Ann Codee
as Mme. Dupont
Eugene Borden
as Drunk
Jessie Arnold
as Pedestrians in Mining Town
George Davis
as French Policeman
Doodles Weaver
as Caterer
Kay Medford
as Minnie
Rex Evans
as Fat Man
Maurice Cass
as Shopkeeper
Gordon Richards
as James the Butler
Franco Corsaro
as Gypsy Fiddler
Wyndham Standing
as Butler
Frank Reicher
as French Doctor
Brandon Hurst
as Footman
Ruth Brady
as Bridgett
Howard Hickman
as Dr. Herrick
Bobby Barber
as Caterer
Symona Boniface
as Fitter
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Jacob Livingston
Marcelle Corday
as Mme. de Thebes
Robert Greig
as Mr. Orlando
Edward Fielding
as Rev. Pilbridge
Byron Foulger
as Vance
Wallis Clark
as Capt. McTavish
Grace Hayle
as Fat Lady
Maurice Brierre
as Waiters at Ball

Crew

Tay Garnett
Director
Leon Gordon
Producer
Louis Bromfield
Book Author
Robert Thoeren
Screenwriter
Polly James
Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
George Boemler
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Randall Duell
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
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