Julie (1956 film)

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Julie (1956 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew L. Stone
Produced byMartin Melcher
Screenplay byAndrew L. Stone
StarringDoris Day
Louis Jourdan
Music byLeith Stevens
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byVirginia L. Stone
Arwin Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 17, 1956 (1956-10-17) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.6 million[1][2]

Julie is a 1956 film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Doris Day.


A former stewardess, widow Julie Benton (Doris Day) is terrorised by her insanely jealous second husband, Lyle (Louis Jourdan). It becomes a life-or-death matter after friend Cliff Henderson (Barry Sullivan) relays his suspicions to Julie that her first husband's death might not have been a suicide.

She pretends that she would have fallen for Lyle even if her first husband had still been alive, and Lyle confesses the murder to her. Julie flees with Cliff's help, but police are unable to arrest Lyle without proof.

Julie and Cliff hire a car and drive north to San Francisco where Julie changes her identity, and returns to her former job with the airline. Lyle has a confrontation with Cliff, Lyle shoots him and learns where Julie can be found.

With police in pursuit, Julie is warned that Lyle might be on her flight. She spots him, but Lyle pulls a gun on her, then kills the pilot before being shot himself. Julie must be instructed on how to land the aircraft. She does so successfully, and her nightmare comes to an end.



It is also notable as potentially the first film to feature the subplot of a stewardess piloting a plane to safety, later used in Airport 1975 (1975) and parodied in Airplane! (1980). It is further notable for being technically accurate.


Box office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,415,000 in the US and Canada and $1,185,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $604,000.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Improbable crime thriller about a woman-in-peril, that is too uneven to be effective; the banal dialogue is the final killer. ... Doris Day, to her credit, gives it her best shot and tries to take it seriously even when the melodrama moves way past the point of just being ridiculous. Later disaster movies stole some of those airplane landing scenes."[3]

The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.[4]


The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Song ("Julie" by Leith Stevens and Tom Adair, which Doris Day sings during the opening credits).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger". Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Domestic take see "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, January 8, 1958: 30
  3. ^ Schwartz, Dennis, film review, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, June 6, 2005. Accessed: July 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.

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