The Girl Next Door (1953)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Romance  |   Release Date - May 13, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This lightweight 20th Century-Fox Technicolor musical stars Dan Dailey as Bill Carter, a widowed comic strip illustrator and June Haver as Jeannie, the title character, a glamorous Broadway star. When next-door-neighbors Bill and Jeannie fall in love, Bill's son Joe (Billy Gray) seethes with resentment. Fortunately, Joe's schoolmate (and erstwhile sweetheart) Kitty (Mary Jane Saunders) convinces the boy that the world would be a sorry place without couples, using Noah's Ark as an example. This provides the cue for an extended animated cartoon sequence, courtesy of UPA Studios (then under contract to Columbia: Fox's house cartoonists at Terrytoons weren't quite up to the assignment). Naturally, the film finds time for a few engaging song-and-dance interludes, performed by Dailey and Haver. What really makes The Girl Next Door click is the unforced camaraderie between Dan Dailey and little Billy Gray.

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cartoonist, child, city-life, girl-next-door, love, manager, moving, musical [play], neighbor, romance, son, stars [celebrities], widow/widower, door, girl, home