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Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

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128 min | Drama, Romance

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born '...See moreWhile working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated). They plan to marry, but after the musical's critical failure on Broadway, Noel runs away. Marjorie finally tracks him down at the summer theater where they first met--and, realizing that this is probably where he belongs, finally gives up on the relationship. Helping her to move on with her life is Wally, once Noel's assistant, now a very successful Broadway playwright, and all along, Marjorie's unrequited lover. The movie ends with a clear implication Wally and Marjorie will finally be a couple. Written by HelenLipson See less
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Everett Freeman (screenplay) | Herman Wouk (novel "Marjorie Morningstar")
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Harry Stradling Sr. (as Harry Stradling)
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Apr 24, 1958 (United States)

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42 cast members
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Gene Kelly
Noel Airman Noel Airman   See fewer
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Natalie Wood
Marjorie Morgenstern Marjorie Morgenstern   See fewer
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Claire Trevor
Rose Morgenstern Rose Morgenstern   See fewer
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Everett Sloane
Arnold Morgenstern Arnold Morgenstern   See fewer
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Martin Milner
Wally Wronkin (as Marty Milner) Wally Wronkin (as Marty Milner)   See fewer
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Carolyn Jones
Marsha Zelenko Marsha Zelenko   See fewer
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George Tobias
Maxwell Greech Maxwell Greech   See fewer
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Martin Balsam
Dr. David Harris Dr. David Harris   See fewer
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Jesse White
Lou Michaelson Lou Michaelson   See fewer
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Edd Byrnes
Sandy Lamm (as Edward Byrnes) Sandy Lamm (as Edward Byrnes)   See fewer
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Paul Picerni
Philip Berman Philip Berman   See fewer
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Alan Reed
Puddles Podell Puddles Podell   See fewer
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Ruta Lee
Imogene Norman Imogene Norman   See fewer
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Ed Wynn
Uncle Samson Uncle Samson   See fewer
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Beverly Aadland
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Russell Ash
Harry Morgenstern (uncredited) Harry Morgenstern (uncredited)   See fewer
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Howard Bert
Seth Morgenstern (uncredited) Seth Morgenstern (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leslie Bradley
Blair (uncredited) Blair (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Brown
Alec (uncredited) Alec (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Clinton
Mr. Zelenko (uncredited) Mr. Zelenko (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Davy
Man at Bullfight (uncredited) Man at Bullfight (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patricia Denise
Karen (uncredited) Karen (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lester Dorr
Elevator Operator (uncredited) Elevator Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Shelley Fabares
Seth's Girl Friend (uncredited) Seth's Girl Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Foster
Carlos (uncredited) Carlos (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gail Ganley
Wally's Girl Friend (uncredited) Wally's Girl Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elizabeth Harrower
Miss Kimble (uncredited) Miss Kimble (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Lally
First-Nighter at 'Princess Jones' (uncredited) First-Nighter at 'Princess Jones' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sandy Livingston
Betsy (uncredited) Betsy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Faye Michael Nuell
Helen Harris (uncredited) Helen Harris (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Rapport
Nate, Lou's Partner (uncredited) Nate, Lou's Partner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Guy Raymond
Mr. Klabber (uncredited) Mr. Klabber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maida Severn
Tonia Zelenko (uncredited) Tonia Zelenko (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Seymour
Frank, Lou's Partner (uncredited) Frank, Lou's Partner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reginald Sheffield
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited) Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sherlock
First-Nighter at 'Princess Jones' (uncredited) First-Nighter at 'Princess Jones' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carl Sklover
Leon Lamm (uncredited) Leon Lamm (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Vachon
Mary Lamm (uncredited) Mary Lamm (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pierre Watkin
Civil Official (uncredited) Civil Official (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Westmoreland
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Patricia Winters
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Lana Wood
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6.3 / 10 | 847 votes