Claudia (1943 film)

Claudia is a 1943 American comedy-drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, and written by Morrie Ryskind. The film stars Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Ina Claire, Reginald Gardiner, Olga Baclanova, and Jean Howard. The film was released on November 4, 1943, by 20th Century Fox.[3][4][5] The film was based on a Broadway play of the same name from 1941. It is followed by a sequel in 1946 Claudia and David.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdmund Goulding
Produced byWilliam Perlberg
Written byJohn Golden
Screenplay byMorrie Ryskind
Based onClaudia
1941 play
by Rose Franken
StarringDorothy McGuire
Robert Young
Ina Claire
Reginald Gardiner
Olga Baclanova
Jean Howard
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byRobert L. Simpson
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 4, 1943 (1943-11-04)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.5 million (US rentals)[1][2]

Robert Young said of his co-star, “She’d done it on Broadway and this was mostly a photographed play. Ina Claire was wonderful as her mother. It did sensational business and Fox requested a sequel. Dorothy was aghast and said she’d never do a sequel, but technically, she was under contract to Selznick and he simply put his foot down and Claudia and David duly appeared in 1946 and was almost as big a hit.”[6]


Child bride Claudia Naughton (Dorothy McGuire) has made life difficult for her husband David (Robert Young) because she can't stand living so far away from her mother. She's also afraid her husband doesn't find her desirable enough. To remedy both situations, she plans to sell their farm to an opera singer so they'll have to move back to the city near her mother, and she tries to make her husband jealous by flirting with a neighbor. Eventually, Claudia has to learn to grow when she discovers that she's about to become a mother and that her own mother is gravely ill.[7]



  1. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 220
  3. "Claudia (1943) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  4. T.S. (1943-11-05). "Movie Review - Claudia - At the Music Hall". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  5. "Claudia". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  6. Bawden, James. Et. Al. You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet. University Press of Kentucky: Lexington, KY, 2017.
  7. "IMDB". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
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