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The Reluctant Debutante (1958) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

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On Blu-ray: Kay Kendall and Sandra Dee in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

By KC on Jul 22, 2020 From Classic Movies

The Reluctant Debutante (1958) is one of those rare raved-about films that I couldn’t access for years, but found it lived up to my expectations when I could finally watch it. Based on a play by British writer William Davis-Home (also co-scriptwriter here with Julius Epstein) and directed by V... Read full article


THE VINCENTE MINNELLI BLOGATHON: The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

on Dec 16, 2016 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Vincente Minnelli Blogathon running from December 16th to 18th. Click HERE to join the celebration of the artistic and versatile director. LONDON, 1958 THE SEASON Raised in the States by her American mother, Jane Broadbent has traveled t... Read full article


THE VINCENTE MINNELLI BLOGATHON: The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

By Caftan Woman on Dec 16, 2016 From Caftan Woman

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Vincente Minnelli Blogathon running from December 16th to 18th. Click HERE to join the celebration of the artistic and versatile director. LONDON, 1958 THE SEASON Raised in the States by her American mother, Jane Broadbent has traveled t... Read full article


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Sheila Broadbent: No, darling, it's Jane. She's no good with men. She doesn't know any, and she doesn't want to know any.
Jimmy Broadbent: Well, she's a wise girl.
Sheila Broadbent: Oh, darling, it isn't funny. Now, you've got to talk to her.
Jimmy Broadbent: Talk to her? Why should I?
Sheila Broadbent: Well, because you're a man, and you can tell her what the young men want.
Jimmy Broadbent: [leering undertone] My dear!
Sheila Broadbent: Oh, don't be silly, darling, of course you can. I'm sure they don't change that much.
Jimmy Broadbent: No, you bet they don't.


Sheila Broadbent: What! David Fenner? Let me speak to him again. David, this is Sheila. About your mother, darling...
David Fenner: Well, I'm afraid she's dead, actually.
Sheila Broadbent: Yes, I know, darling, that's why I'm so sorry about asking you to give her my love.
David Fenner: I'm afraid I can't, because she's dead.
Sheila Broadbent: I know, darling, that's why I'm so sorry. It was such a silly mistake to make.
David Fenner: Well, she couldn't help it, actually.


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At the first ball, the song Jane is dancing to is "The Boy Next Door." The song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, also directed by Vincente Minnelli.
For years John Saxon said he had been bothered by something about Sandra Dee during filming that he just couldn't put his finger on. Decades later he figured out what it was - because she'd lied about her age, she was only 14 years old.
The original Broadway production of "The Reluctant Debutante" by William Douglas-Home opened on October 10, 1956 at Henry Miller's Theatre, ran for 134 performances and was nominated for two 1957 Tony Awards for acting. William Douglas Home also wrote the screenplay on which the movie version was produced.
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