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Mickey (1948)

Lois Butler , Bill Goodwin , Ralph Murphy  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lois Butler, Bill Goodwin, Hattie McDaniel, Irene Hervey, John Sutton
  • Directors: Ralph Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tomboy Mickey Kelly is trying to kindle a romance between her father and pretty next-door neighbor Louise Williams, who has fled the big city with a broken heart. But wealthy and influential Lydia Matthews plans to be the next Mrs. Kelly. When things don't go her way, Lydia is perfectly willing to create a scandal that will destroy Mickey's and her father's reputations forever.

This delightful but rarely-seen coming-of-age story introduces pretty, golden-voiced Lois Butler as Mickey in her first starring role. Eagle-Lion Films planned to make the pretty teen a star, but she soon eschewed Hollywood for marriage and motherhood, marrying Hall Bartlett, who would go on to produce Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Based on the novel 'Clementine' by Peggy Goodwin, this film is also notable for being one of the final screen roles for Academy-Award winner Hattie McDaniel (Gone With The Wind, 1939), the first African-American to bring home an Oscar.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR ALL THOSE VIEWERS LIKING THE OLDIES. July 4, 2008
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Mickey Kelley (Lois Butler, Indianapolis native) is a tomboy loving baseball and growing up as a doctor's daughter in a small town in Indiana. At age 15, she has a father, George (Bill Goodwin) that's beginning to get the idea he needs to remarry to give his daughter a mother/female figure. The likely catch in town, Lydia (Rose Hobart), encourages her expected role as the new mom.

Mickey's neighbor friend helps her plot against the mom-to-be, the one with the geek violin playing son, and encourages instead, the friends visiting Aunt Louise (Irene Hervey). Lots goes wrong and gets everyone upset till the correct information surfaces.

Mickey gets plenty of chances to sing, which she does well at her young age. She trades in her Tiger's baseball jersey for a formal, several of which the lady viewers will enjoy seeing in their 40's dress style. The automobiles would today be worth a small fortune. A fun look at life back in the days of "Father Knows Best" except this father didn't get it all quite right along the way.

A great nostalgic movie, with violence limited to a couple of fisticuffs, skin shots limited to bare shoulders, and language dropping to just the occasional "darn".

The story is loosely based upon Peggy Goodin's book "Clementine". The author was from Bluffton, Indiana and not related to the Hoosier lead actress or Bill Goodwin, the lead male actor. The book is as good as the movie and different enough you'll want to read it as well as watch the movie. The title was changed because another movie running at the time conflicted with the same name. Thus the girl Clementine or "Clem" was also changed to Mickey. You'll recognize several of the songs as well. Wholesome DVD viewing from the past.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Chloe
Bill Goodwin portrays Lois Butler's father in this 1948 vintage classic comedy film. Mickey is a tomboy whose dad is a widow & set to marry a society snob who has every intention of taking over after she becomes Mickey's stepmother. However, Mickey's friend's (Beverly Wills) aunt (Irene Hervey) is in town & acts as somewhat of a surrogate mother to Mickey. The two warm quickly to each other & Mickey sets out to point cupid's arrow in the direction of this woman & her father. Irene Hervey & Bill Goodwin would later reunite for the 1958 film, Going Steady. The chemistry between the two is apparent & makes the interaction between them (Goodwin & Hervey) even more realistic & enjoyable. Hattie McDaniel turns in a fine performance as the feisty housekeeper, as does Skip Homeier, & Rose Hobart. Worth the viewing time & worth adding to your library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hattie McDaniel at her Best December 13, 2010
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This is a great family movie with a great plot young girl helps father find a wife. Hattie McDaniel does a great job as the maid with lots of great lines,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I had to buy this movie, "MICKEY" - from AMAZON - because - I wanted my grand-children to see the movie that - that I saw in the 1940s - and after seeing the movie, "MICKEY" - I had to take the nick-name "MICKEY" - for my friends to call me. Even today - I'm still called "MICKEY" - and it is because the "MICKEY" that is in the movie - is me in real"LIFE!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun little coming of age movie February 12, 2014
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A baseball playing tomboy, a local socialite woman who wants to get her hooks into the girl's widower father and A beautiful woman who moves in next door. Fist fights, more trouble from the predatory woman, a girl with a beautiful voice. Great afternoon diversion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Clean, and a very fun movie to watch!!! March 26, 2014
By Debra
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Great, Clean, and a very fun movie to watch I wish there were a lot more movies like this. It is in color as well- good acting, and no profanity. Thank you for putting this movie on!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to Lois Butler? August 21, 2013
By skantea
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Cute little movie, no obvious flaws, clean flow. An easy watch for a rainy Sunday. However, as I was watching I decided to do a quick internet search for the adorable Lois Butler and...nothing. She married Hall Bartlett (writer producer, director)the same year this film came out. Or did she? Apparently there is a discrepancy on this little fact as his other two wives show up on his bio but she is Lois is rarely mentioned. All I can find is that she stopped working after she was married. I can deduce from Hal's reputation and career they divorced soon after. After that, nothing until she dies in 1989 at the young age of 58. Now I'm intrigued. I can't help wondering what happened to her and if she died content, or if the story took a tragic turn.
If anyone has any info, let me know. And then do her legacy a favor and post the info over at IMDB.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Campy but cute July 5, 2013
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It's a pity Lois didn't do more films, as she had a lovely voice. This is silly by today's standards, but continues to be an entertaining film.
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