Wallflower (film)

Wallflower is a 1948 American comedy film directed by Frederick de Cordova, written by Henry Ephron and Phoebe Ephron adapted from the play of the same name by Reginald Denham, and starring Robert Hutton, Joyce Reynolds, Janis Paige, Edward Arnold, Barbara Brown and Jerome Cowan.[1] It was released by Warner Bros. on June 13, 1948.[2]

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Directed byFrederick de Cordova
Produced byAlex Gottlieb
Screenplay byHenry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Reginald Denham (play)
Mary Orr (play)
StarringRobert Hutton
Joyce Reynolds
Janis Paige
Edward Arnold
Barbara Brown
Jerome Cowan
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
CinematographyKarl Freund
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • June 13, 1948 (1948-06-13)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States


Joy Linnett and her stepsister Jackie miss a flight home to Ohio, but the attractive Joy, accustomed to getting her way with men, flirts with pilot Stevie Wilson until he agrees to personally fly the two young women.

At home, old beau Warren James comes calling and invites Jackie to a country club's dance. As soon as Joy emerges in a swimsuit, the smitten Warren not only neglects Jackie, he invites her sister to the dance.

A quarrel ensues between the women's parents. Jackie's dad is outraged by the way his daughter is treated, but Joy's mom says he's just miffed that her daughter is more popular than his.

Stevie calls out of the blue, giving Jackie an idea. She emulates her sister's behavior and wardrobe, persuading Stevie to accompany her to the dance. Once there, all the men get a look at the new Jackie and line up to dance with her, as sister Joy looks on, delighted. Now it is Warren who is neglected, so much so that he gets drunk and proposes marriage to both sisters. In the end, he comes to appreciate that Jackie is the one he really loves.



T.M.P. of The New York Times wrote, "Wallflower may not be the comedy smash of the season or even come close to that classification, but it is frivolous and bouncy and there is a considerable amount of simple amusement in the scrambled nonsense it purveys. And since the audience responded heartily to the shenanigans in an Ohio household where one sister gets all the attention from the boys and the other none, there seems to be little point in remarking that there is nothing sparklingly original about either the writing or the direction in Wallflower."[3]


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