The Reformer and the Redhead

The Reformer and the Redhead is a 1950 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, and starring June Allyson and Dick Powell.[2]

The Reformer and the Redhead
June Allyson in the film
Directed byNorman Panama
and Melvin Frank
Produced byNorman Panama
and Melvin Frank
Written byNorman Panama
and Melvin Frank
Story bybased on a story by
Robert Carson
StarringJune Allyson
Dick Powell
Music byDavid Raksin
CinematographyRay June, A.S.C.
Edited byGeorge White
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 5, 1950 (1950-05-05)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,127,000[1]


Kathleen Maguire (Allyson) is the daughter of a long-time zookeeper, Dr. Kevin G. Maguire (Cecil Kellaway), who is fired from his job for political reasons. She turns for help to a crusading young attorney, Andrew Rockton Hale (Powell). Trouble comes in the form of both political corruption and a loose lion.




According to MGM records the film earned $1,688,000 in the US and Canada and $439,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $214,000.[1][3]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. Crowther, Bosley (April 10, 1950). "The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)". The New York Times.
  3. "Top Grosses of 1950". Variety. January 3, 1951. p. 58.

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