The Voice of the Turtle (film)

The Voice of the Turtle is a 1947 comedy film directed by Irving Rapper and starring Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Parker, Eve Arden, and Wayne Morris. It was based on the long-running 1943 stage play The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten.[3]

The Voice of the Turtle
Directed byIrving Rapper
Produced byCharles Hoffman
Written by
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographySol Polito
Edited byRudi Fehr
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 1947 (1947-12-25)
Running time
103 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,450,000 (US rentals)[2] or $3,116,000[1]


A young actress, Sally Middleton, agrees to a date with a soldier, Bill Page, on a weekend pass after he's stood up by Olive Lashbrooke, her friend. When the soldier has trouble getting a hotel room, he ends up spending the weekend at her apartment.

Olive, having at first set her sights on Bill's commanding officer, has second thoughts and makes a play for Bill. He has fallen for Sally, who has sworn off love after her breakup with a theatrical producer, Ken Bartlett, so he sets about changing her mind.


Box office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $2,617,000 domestically and $499,000 foreign.[1]

Critical Reception

Many critics compared the film to the original play, which finished its Broadway run one week after the film's release. Time magazine complained, "The movie is most coyly prurient where the play was most pleasantly candid," while the New York Times found the film version more satisfying because it was "morally wholesome and ideally romantic."[4]

See also


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 28 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
  3. T.M.P. (December 26, 1947). "The Voice of the Turtle (1947) 'Voice Turtle' Becomes Movie". The New York Times.
  4. Schildcrout, Jordan (2019). In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway's Hit Plays. New York and London: Routledge. p. 73. ISBN 978-0367210908.

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