Kitty (1945 film)

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Theatrical poster to Kitty (1945)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Produced by Mitchell Leisen
Written by Rosamond Marshall (novel)
Karl Tunberg
Darrell Ware
Starring Paulette Goddard
Ray Milland
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp
Edited by Alma Macrorie
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 31, 1946 (1946-03-31)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Kitty is a 1945 film, a fictional costume drama set in London during the 1780s, directed by Mitchell Leisen, based on the novel of the same name by Rosamond Marshall (published in 1943), with a screenplay by Karl Tunberg. It stars Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Constance Collier (in a witty performance), Patric Knowles, Reginald Owen, and Cecil Kellaway as the English painter Thomas Gainsborough. Another major artist depicted is Sir Joshua Reynolds, played by Gordon Richards.

Plot introduction[edit]

In a broad interpretation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion story line, the film tells the rags-to-riches story of a young guttersnipe, cockney girl from the slums of 18th century London.


Kitty (Goddard) is found working on the streets picking pockets by the painter Thomas Gainsborough (Kellaway) and agrees to sit for a portrait for him. She then attracts the attention of wealthy playboy Sir Hugh Marcy (Milland) who, upon finding out her real social status, uses her for revenge against a former colleague to whom he owes the loss of his job in the foreign office by having Kitty pose as a lady of fashion. What Sir Hugh does not count on is the attraction Kitty develops for him.



The film was nominated for one Oscar for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White (Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler, Sam Comer, Ray Moyer).[1]

Director Leisen worked very hard with the set and costume designers to create a historically correct picture of 18th century England. The California portrait painter Theodore Lukits served as technical adviser for the film's artistic scenes and painted the portrait of Kitty that is seen in the film. Lukits knew Ray Milland, the film's star, because he had painted his wife's portrait in 1942.


As of early 2013, the film is not available on DVD and is rather hard to find on VHS, although on February 4, 2010, it was premiered on Turner Classic Movies.


  1. ^ "NY Times: Kitty". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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