Casanova Brown

Casanova Brown is a 1944 American comedy romantic film directed by Sam Wood, written by Nunnally Johnson, and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Frank Morgan. The film had its world premiere in western France after the Allies had liberated those territories following the D-Day Invasion.[1] The film is based on the 1927 novel An Unmarried Father by Floyd Dell and the 1928 play Little Accident by Dell and Thomas Mitchell, which had been previously filmed by Universal Pictures in 1930 as The Little Accident and in 1939 as Little Accident.

Casanova Brown
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySam Wood
Produced byNunnally Johnson
Written byNunnally Johnson
Based onLittle Accident
by Floyd Dell and Thomas Mitchell
StarringGary Cooper
Teresa Wright
Frank Morgan
Anita Louise
Music byArthur Lange
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byThomas Neff
International Pictures
Christie Corporation
Nunnally Johnson Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 5, 1944 (1944-08-05) (Premiere-France)
  • August 23, 1944 (1944-08-23) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States


Arriving in a small Illinois town by train, Casanova Brown is met by Madge Ferris and tells her not to bring up his trip to New York.

Cas decides to ask Madge to marry him, even though her father J.J. warns him against it, saying Madge is nothing but trouble. Cas leaves town because of a letter from a Dr. Zernerke summoning him to Chicago, but promises to be back in time for the wedding.

A baby girl is at the Chicago hospital and Cas is asked for an explanation. He tells of his New York experience with Isabel Drury, of how they fell in love and decided to wed, only to have Cas repeatedly upset Isabel's mother by insulting her belief in astrology, ignoring her warnings that their union would be cursed, then inadvertently burning down the Drurys' house.

After the marriage is annulled, Cas thought it was over. But now there's a baby. Cas disguises himself as a doctor and kidnaps the kid. He then decides to adopt it, but in a hurry to prove he has a stable home life, he proposes to the first woman he sees, Monica, a hotel maid, that they get married immediately.

Madge is left at the altar, Isabel comes back claiming it was just a prank she was playing to get even with Cas for leaving her, and it turns out Monica didn't get to marry him after all because they didn't have a proper license. Cas and Isabel decide to give it another try.



The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: for Best Score (Arthur Lange), Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton), and Best Art Direction (Perry Ferguson, Julia Heron).[2][3][4]

See also


  1. "Casanova Brown: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  2. IMDB "Casanova Brown" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  3. The New York Times "Casanova Brown" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  4. 1945 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1944 at
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