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That Brennan Girl (1946)

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95 min | Drama, Romance

The film begins on Mother's Day, 1938 when 14-year-old Ziggy Brennan (Mona Freeman buys a gardenia for her mother. Ziggy's youthful exuberance disappears when she enters their apartment and finds her mother, Natalie (June Duprez), drinking...See moreThe film begins on Mother's Day, 1938 when 14-year-old Ziggy Brennan (Mona Freeman buys a gardenia for her mother. Ziggy's youthful exuberance disappears when she enters their apartment and finds her mother, Natalie (June Duprez), drinking with a strange man. Natalie introduces Ziggy as her "sister" and quietly cautions Ziggy against calling her "mother." Later, dispensing some motherly-advice, Natalie tells Ziggy that if she learns all the tricks, she'll never have to work for a living. Ziggy goes right out and applies parts of this advice by stealing a valuable lapel pin from a fellow high-school student, and is promptly expelled from school. About five years later, Ziggy has made progress and meets Denny Reagan (James Dunn), who persuades her to go into his racket. Ziggy's role is to telephone people who are planning to move and make arrangements to provide a truck to move the furniture. The departing truck is the last that the owners see of their furniture as it is taken to a warehouse and sold by Denny and his gang. Hanging out in a nightclub one evening, circa 1943, the still-underage Ziggy flirts with a young naval officer from Minnesota, Mart Neilson (William Marshall), who promptly falls in love with Ziggy and proposes marriage. Ziggy, to ensure that Mart knows her background, introduces him to Natalie (at her worst), but Mart doesn't change his mind and still insists on the marriage. Shortly after the wedding ceremony, Mart is shipped out to war-duty and is killed in action. Ziggy learns that she is expecting a baby, while the law catches up to Denny and ships him out to prison. Ziggy is still living with her mother but Natalie, horrified at the prospect of being a grandmother, kicks her out and Ziggy moves into Mrs. Merryman's (Rosalind Ivan) boarding-house. Ziggy has the baby and some time passes, circa 1944-45, and Ziggy---still making her nightclub rounds---runs into the just-paroled Denny. This Denny is a new-and-thoughtful version, and he does not approve of Ziggy leaving her baby with a sitter while she makes her rounds. Denny shows great interest in the baby and sees more and more of Ziggy. Returing from a date, Ziggy finds the baby's crib vacant. In her absence the baby-sitter had gone out to her boyfriend's car for some heavy necking and, in her absence, the baby had almost choked to death before being discovered by Mrs. Merryman, who promptly called the police. At the trial, the baby-sitter denies responsibility (negligence-of-duty)and Ziggy loses custody of her baby. The new-and-thoughtful Denny will have nothing to do with Ziggy, even though his mother, knowing that Denny and Ziggy really love each other tries to bring them together. But...Ziggy has disappeared. Ziggy, having moved to another boardinghouse, drops by a church and finds an abandoned baby. Later, Denny finds her, while she and the baby are sunning in a park, and he is greatly impressed with new-and-thoughtful mother-instincts, and he is convinced that she has become a perfect mother. With Denny's help, Ziggy appeals her case in order to regain custody of her own child and, when the judge learns that she has been caring for an abandoned baby, he is much impressed and returns her own infant to her. Written by Les Adams See less
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Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
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Dec 23, 1946 (United States)

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79 cast members
Name STARmeter Known for
James Dunn
Denny Reagan Denny Reagan   See fewer
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Mona Freeman
Ziggy Brennan Ziggy Brennan   See fewer
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William Marshall
CPO Martin J. 'Mart' Neilson CPO Martin J. 'Mart' Neilson   See fewer
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June Duprez
Natalie Brennan Natalie Brennan   See fewer
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Frank Jenks
Joe the Cabbie Joe the Cabbie   See fewer
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Dorothy Vaughan
Mrs. Reagan, Denny's Mother Mrs. Reagan, Denny's Mother   See fewer
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Charles Arnt
Fred, Natalie's 2nd Husband Fred, Natalie's 2nd Husband   See fewer
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Rosalind Ivan
Mrs. Merryman the Nosey Landlady Mrs. Merryman the Nosey Landlady   See fewer
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Fay Helm
Helen, Ziggy's Neighbor Helen, Ziggy's Neighbor   See fewer
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Bill Kennedy
Arthur, Helen's Husband Arthur, Helen's Husband   See fewer
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Connie Leon
Miss Jane, Merryman Resident Miss Jane, Merryman Resident   See fewer
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Edythe Elliott
Miss Unity, Jane's Sister Miss Unity, Jane's Sister   See fewer
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Sarah Padden
Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady   See fewer
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Jean Stevens
Dottie, Natalie's Friend Dottie, Natalie's Friend   See fewer
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Lucien Littlefield
The Florist The Florist   See fewer
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Marion Martin
Marion, Natalie's Girl Friend (as Marian Martin) Marion, Natalie's Girl Friend (as Marian Martin)   See fewer
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Bebe Allen
Teenager (uncredited) Teenager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Bettinger
School Girl (uncredited) School Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joan Blair
Natalie's Friend (uncredited) Natalie's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Party Guest (uncredited) Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walden Boyle
Assistant District Attorney (uncredited) Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen Brown
Olivette's Mother (uncredited) Olivette's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Burton
Escort (uncredited) Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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Spencer Chan
Chinese Headwaiter (uncredited) Chinese Headwaiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chester Clute
Man in Night Club with Quarter (uncredited) Man in Night Club with Quarter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Crider
Young Girl (uncredited) Young Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Depp
Photographer (uncredited) Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Dillon
Father Malloy (uncredited) Father Malloy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lester Dorr
Apartment House Clerk (uncredited) Apartment House Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ben Erway
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Flynn
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cay Forester
Jailbird (uncredited) Jailbird (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Granger
Party Guest (uncredited) Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Beatrice Gray
Saleswoman (uncredited) Saleswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joy Gwynell
Crying Girl (uncredited) Crying Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Haines
Waiter at Top O' the Mark (uncredited) Waiter at Top O' the Mark (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sherry Hall
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Hart
Helper (uncredited) Helper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Harvey
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Myron Healey
Party Guest (uncredited) Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louis Jean Heydt
Hefflin (uncredited) Hefflin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earle Hodgins
Cable Car Gripman (uncredited) Cable Car Gripman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Daral Hudson
Escort (uncredited) Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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Duke Johnson
Chinese Juggler (uncredited) Chinese Juggler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry C. Johnson
Chinese Juggler (uncredited) Chinese Juggler (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Kirkwood
John Van Derwin (uncredited) John Van Derwin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lyle Latell
Party Guest (uncredited) Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bergie (uncredited) Bergie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Saleswoman (uncredited) Saleswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Willene Luckett
Little Button Nose (uncredited) Little Button Nose (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Maynard
Young Girl (uncredited) Young Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Miller
Teenager (uncredited) Teenager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Olivette (uncredited) Olivette (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Mitchell
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Bert Moorhouse
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Frances Morris
Assistant Matron (uncredited) Assistant Matron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Newton
Probation Officer (uncredited) Probation Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eva Novak
Miss Novak - Elderly Woman (uncredited) Miss Novak - Elderly Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ed (uncredited) Ed (uncredited)   See fewer
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Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Torchy Rand
Girl (uncredited) Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Keith Richards
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Woman Deputy (uncredited) Woman Deputy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Olivette's Boyfriend (uncredited) Olivette's Boyfriend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Sanford
Fatso (uncredited) Fatso (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Santley
Florist (uncredited) Florist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Space
Mr. Krasman (uncredited) Mr. Krasman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Diner at Chinese Restaurant (uncredited) Diner at Chinese Restaurant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Linda Stirling
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Brick Sullivan
Furniture Moving Man (uncredited) Furniture Moving Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sullivan
Boss Upholsterer (uncredited) Boss Upholsterer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Archie Twitchell
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Max Wagner
Moving Man (uncredited) Moving Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mrs. Van Derwin (uncredited) Mrs. Van Derwin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Isabel Withers
Miss Pendergast (uncredited) Miss Pendergast (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Jean Wong
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Gordon Wynn
Ben (uncredited) Ben (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 172 votes