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Encyclopedia > Little Nellie Kelly
Little Nellie Kelly

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Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by George M. Cohan (play)
Jack McGowan (screenplay)
Starring Judy Garland
Music by Roger Edens
Cinematography Ray June
Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) November 22, 1940
Running time 98 mins
Country Flag of United States United States
Language English
Budget $665,300 (estimated)
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Little Nellie Kelly is a 1940 musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Norman Taurog, (February 23, 1899 - April 7, 1981) was an American film director born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Arthur Freed (September 9, 1894 - April 12, 1973) was born Arthur Grossman in Down Ton Ton Village. ... George M. Cohan George Michael Cohan (July 3 or July 4, 1878 – November 5, 1942) was a United States entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, director, and producer of Irish descent. ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of... Roger Edens (9 November 1905, Hillsboro, Texas - 13 July 1970, Hollywood) was a Hollywood composer, arranger and associate producer, and is considered one of the major creative figures in Arthur Freeds musical film production unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the golden era of Hollywood. // Edenss parents were... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Norman Taurog, (February 23, 1899 - April 7, 1981) was an American film director born in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Synopsis

Judy Garland, fresh after The Wizard of Oz, performs her only on-screen death scene in this film. However, Garland soon reappears as the daughter of the character (Nellie Noonan) she was playing in the film's first reels, set in Ireland. Now a girl of 18, Garland has fallen in love with Douglas McPhail, much to the dismay of her father George Murphy (who later in real life had a successful career as a United States Senator) and Grandfather (Charles Winninger). However, Murphy and Winninger are too much at odds with each other to give proper attention to Garland. Going into her Miss Fixit act, Garland patches up the differences between pop and grandpop, and gets to keep her beau in the bargain. Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of... For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For comparison of book and film, see The Wizard of Oz book to film comparison; For the history of The Wizard of Oz on television, see The Wizard of Oz on television; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard... George Murphy George Lloyd Murphy (July 4, 1902 – May 3, 1992) was an American dancer, actor and politician. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ...


General Information

Based on the stage play by Irish American George M. Cohan, Little Nellie Kelly affords Judy Garland ample opportunity to sing a swing version of "Singing in the Rain", as well as several newer songs, including the traditional "A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow" sung partly in Irish-Gaelic with an updated swing delivery and two entertaining production numbers one at the New York City Policeman's Ball which shows Garland off at her prettiest and the other written especially for Garland to belt out by Roger Edens, "It's A Great Day for the Irish" that is set while marching up New York's famed 5th Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. This song became one of Garland's biggest hits. Songs cut from the film include: "Rings on Your Fingers and Bells on Your Toes" (used in Garland's later film Babes on Broadway), "Danny Boy" and "How Can You Buy Killarney". The film also stars George Murphy, Irish Actor Arthur Shields (older brother of actor Barry Fitzgerald) and Douglas McPhail. The early part of the film set in Ireland is quite similar to the story line of The Quiet Man, based on the short story by Maurice Walsh. In both, a man wants to marry a pretty local girl, but meets with strong family opposition and the fight ensues. Irish population density in the United States, 1872. ... George M. Cohan George Michael Cohan (July 3 or July 4, 1878 – November 5, 1942) was a United States entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, director, and producer of Irish descent. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... A tradition is a story or a custom that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. ... // Cailin Deas ag Crúite na mBo ( Irish-Gaelic Title) A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow is a traditional 18th Century Irish Ballad attributed to Thomas Moore (1770-1852). ... Irish (), a Goidelic language spoken in Ireland, is constitutionally recognised as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland, is an official language of the European Union, and has official recognition in Northern Ireland as well. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Roger Edens (9 November 1905, Hillsboro, Texas - 13 July 1970, Hollywood) was a Hollywood composer, arranger and associate producer, and is considered one of the major creative figures in Arthur Freeds musical film production unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the golden era of Hollywood. // Edenss parents were... Its A Great Day for the Irish The original Irish-American song was written in 1940 by Roger Edens the Musical Director at MGM under the leadership of Arthur Freed for inclusion in the film version of the George M. Cohan 1922 Broadway show Little Nellie Kelly Directed by... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... St. ... Babes on Broadway is a 1941 musical movie starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney and directed by Busby Berkeley. ... Danny Boy is a love song from a woman to a man, providing one of many lyrics set to the tune of the Londonderry Air. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... George Murphy George Lloyd Murphy (July 4, 1902 – May 3, 1992) was an American dancer, actor and politician. ... Arthur Shields (February 15, 1896 -April 27, 1970) was an Irish-born stage and film actor. ... Barry Fitzgerald (March 10, 1888 – January 14, 1961) was an Irish actor. ... The Quiet Man was a 1952 American film starring John Wayne, Maureen OHara, Victor McLaglen, and Barry Fitzgerald, and directed by John Ford. ... Maurice Walsh is an Irish novelist best know for the short story The Quiet Man which was later made into a Oscar nominated movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen OHara. ...


On the back of the success of The Wizard of Oz, the film was a 'test' by MGM to evaluate both Garland's appeal to audiences as well as her physical image. It was rumoured at the time that George M Cohan sold the rights expressly as a vehicle for the young Garland. The film gave the 18 year old Garland the opportunity to grow-up as in the first half of the picture set in Ireland, she plays Nellie Noonan, the mother of Little Nellie Kelly. Although dubbed a bit of 'Blarney', overall the film was well received and has become a classic St Patrick's Day film. Critics noted "she (Judy Garland) gets prettier with each picture" [1]. For the novel, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; For comparison of book and film, see The Wizard of Oz book to film comparison; For the history of The Wizard of Oz on television, see The Wizard of Oz on television; For other senses of this title, see The Wizard... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... George Cohan George Michael Cohan (July 1878–November 5, 1942) was a United States entertainer, songwriter, actor, singer, and dancer. ... St. ...


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