Jeannie (film)

Jeannie (also known as Girl in Distress) is a 1941 British romantic comedy film directed by Harold French and starring Barbara Mullen, Michael Redgrave, and Albert Lieven.[1]

Directed byHarold French
Produced byMarcel Hellman
Written byAnatole de Grunwald
Roland Pertwee
Aimée Stuart (additional dialogue)
Based onJeannie (1940 play)
by Aimée Stuart
StarringBarbara Mullen
Michael Redgrave
Wilfrid Lawson
Kay Hammond
Music byMischa Spoliansky
CinematographyBernard Knowles
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Tansa Productions
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
English Films (US)
Release date
6 September 1941 (UK)
12 September 1943 (US)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film's sets were designed by Duncan Sutherland.[2]

Based on a play of the same name by Aimée Stuart, it was loosely remade in 1957 as Let's Be Happy.[3][4]


Jeannie McLean (Mullen) is a Scottish girl who discovers she has received an inheritance. The film follows her adventures finding her family castle and being romanced by different men.


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "Every now and then, thank heaven, there comes to Broadway a modest and unsung little film that arouses no anticipations at all and then quietly and firmly captivates you. "Jeannie," now at the Little Carnegie, is just such a film, and this corner, at least, accepts it with pleasure as that theatre's first offering of the season...For "Jeannie" as enchanting a bit of rue and nonsense as we've succumbed to in many a month..."Jeannie" is pure comedy of character. And what refreshing comedy it is!...Director Harold French...has staged the story with affection and understanding, "Jeannie" is not super-duper entertainment to knock your eye out, but it does have the gleam of real gold. As Jeannie likes to say: "My, how nice!"[5] and Leonard Maltin similarly approved of an "Enjoyable comedy-romance," and rated the film three out of four stars.[1]


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