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Dan Dailey, June Haver. A widowed comic strip writer is raising his 10-year-old son Joe solo when a pretty young nightclub star moves in next door. Always having used real life events with his son as the premise for the comic strip, suddenly his newfound love life threatens not only his time and relationship with his son, but also the integrity of his work. 1953/color/92 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Twentieth Century Fox produced The Girl Next Door, an interesting 1953 musical about an unusual romance and its effects on the happiness of a young boy. June Haver stars as international stage sensation Jeannie Laird, who returns to America a major star after singing and acting in Europe. Her accountant (Dennis Day) has purchased a house on her behalf, and soon Jeannie finds herself neighbors with a widower, Bill Carter (Dan Dailey), a cartoonist raising a young son, Joe (Billy Gray). Despite her fame, Jeannie falls for the low-key Bill, and he feels the same, causing a crisis of jealousy for poor Joe. The film pretty much follows the course of their relationship and Joe’s struggles to deal with the reality of a woman in his life. Between domestic crises in Bill’s house, The Girl Next Door offers some lavish song-and-dance numbers featuring its two leads. The lanky Dailey is fun to watch, with his ever-present smile and gazelle-like movements, while Haver steams things up with her adventurous dancing and staging of different songs. Dennis Day is charming as an unlikely beau for Jeannie’s best friend (Cara Williams), and his lovely voice makes one think of Irish tenors from glory days past. Special features include a brief documentary on Billy Gray, who later played Bud on Father Knows Best and whose career took a hit when he was popped for marijuana possession. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: June Haver, Dan Dailey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UZDO3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By James S. Kason on September 21, 2007
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It's interesting, and amazing to me , that 20th has finally decided to release this musical on DVD along with "The Bloodhounds Of Broadway" (a fun, but not a particularly inventive Mitzi Gaynor musical), and the long-awaited, song filled "With A Song In My Heart". Although I've had a poor, taken-from-TV, video of this film for 20 years or so, I never thought it would ever see the light of day again.
It's always been one of my favorite "minor" 20th musicals since I first saw it as a kid in 1953, mainly because of the charming performances of June Haver, Dan Dailey and Dennis Day. I doubt that anyone even remembers it, since it sat on the shelf for almost 2 years,..and then was rushed into release only to quickly disappear.
Originally offered to Betty Grable, who turned down the script ...( one CAN picture her in the role),...it fell to Miss Haver, who with her sparkling personality...and singing and dancing talents, was far better suited for the part. Beginning shooting in 1951,...during an intricate dance number involving tables, June fell and suffered a concussion, closing down the production for some time. It wasn't finished until the following year,..when June decided to leave films and acting, ( to enter a convent for a short time.) When she returned to Hollywood in 1953, the musical was finally released.
The lanky Dan Dailey would seem an unsuitable partner to the dimunitive June, but their dances together are
the highlights of the film. He lifts and twirls her effortlessly in the exhilerating duet, "I'm Mad About The Girl Next Door", and also in a dramatic "dream" dance number.
The film has over a half-dozen tuneful songs, many of which I have the sheet music ....( and quite often play and sing) ....
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on April 3, 2008
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4.9 stars. I bought this DVD for my mother's 86th birthday, primarily because her very favorite films are the Warner Bros. Doris Day musicals On Moonlight Bay and By The Light of The Silvery Moon -- so our opinion and this review of The Girl Next Door is in comparison to those. When my mom read the box, she was delighted that it stars June Haver (Wake Up And Dream, another favorite) and has Dennis Day (The Jack Benny Program) and Billy Gray, who was also in those two Doris Day movies a year or two earlier. When we watched it last night, everything seemed perfect - yet somehow not quite up to our hopes. The plot's sort the converse of The Courtship of Eddie's Father, but not as poignant. Haver's and Dailey's numbers are fine and the highlight of the film. But Dennis Day doesn't have enough to do - doesn't live up to his potential as seen on TV or in other films like Golden Girl. An added bonus is the integration of a few animated sequences; but they are not of the quality of ordinary Warner cartoons. Gray's performance is fine too, and includes a little dancing. Overall, the film is about on par with our two favorites mentioned above, minus the Penrod setting, and with more modern songs. My mom didn't express any disappointment, other than one of the dance sequence seemed "modern." Her 3rd & 4th favorites are ...Read more ›
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gene Bolin on December 23, 2007
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The Girl Next Door. It was great seeing June Haver again. This was her last picture and right after making it, she went to the convent. The movie is quite spectacular and also stars Billy Gray of Father Knows Best. It was great seeing him, too. He was quite an actor. I'm surprised that he didn't go on with his acting career. It is sad to think that June Haver is gone now. I was shocked to hear that she died in July of 2006. I had just been thinking about her the day before her death, wondering what she was doing now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on March 13, 2011
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Not into musicals, but I appreciate certain singalongs if the underlying story is structurally solid. Good examples of that are 'Seven Brides For Seven Brothers' and 'Hello Dolly', strong core stories with musical interludes woven into the plot.

And now I'm adding this wonderful romantic comedy to my library.

Admittedly, it's not a unique screenplay - girl meets boy and they fall in love - eventually, with some funny escapades thrown in for good measure. Pretty pedestrian as far as that goes. But it's the genuine on-screen chemistry that the two stars exude that carries the film beyond the typical humdrum to something quite special.

Dan Dailey and the stunning June Haver are absolute magic on screen. Their romance is so real, you'd swear they were an actual couple - it's that genuine.

This was my first exposure to the beautiful Ms. Haver and I was deeply saddened to learn that this was her final film performance before taking on the role of motherhood and marriage to actor Fred MacMurray. Definitely left at the top of her game, and that's something a lot of actors can't say. This final film performance is an absolute treat for film aficionados and fans of the musical genre.

I'm now going to invest time and funding in trying to catch the dozen or so films in June Haver's brief resumé - she's such a peach to watch.
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