That Brennan Girl

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That Brennan Girl
That Brennan Girl FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred Santell
Produced byAlfred Santell
Screenplay byDoris Anderson
Story byAdela Rogers St. Johns
StarringJames Dunn
Mona Freeman
William Marshall
June Duprez
Music byGeorge Antheil
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byArthur Roberts
Production
company
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 23, 1946 (1946-12-23) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$750,000[1]

That Brennan Girl, also known as Tough Girl, is a 1946 drama romance film produced and directed by Alfred Santell and starring James Dunn, Mona Freeman, William Marshall and June Duprez. It is the final film of Alfred Santell and also the last leading role for James Dunn.

Plot[edit]

On Mother's Day, 1946, a woman known as Ziggy Brennan looks back on her life.

Eight years earlier, her vain and corrupt mother Natalie asks Ziggy to pretend they are sisters. Together they trick men out of money. Ziggy takes a liking to a con artist, Denny Reagan, and steals a soldier's watch that Denny admires.

The watch's inscription gives Denny a guilty conscience, so Ziggy gives it back to Mart Neilson, the soldier. He asks her on a date, which leads to marriage and imminent motherhood. Mart, however, is killed in the war.

Ziggy is warned by Natalie after the birth of baby Martha that she is not fit for motherhood. Denny is now doing time in a penitentiary, so he is no help, either. Ziggy likes to go out every night, leaving Martha with an irresponsible young babysitter. Martha nearly dies from an accident. A landlady's testimony results in the baby being sent to an orphanage. Ziggy attacks the landlady, complicating her life more.

By the time Denny leaves prison, he is a reformed man. He tracks down Ziggy and finds that she has taken in an abandoned child, caring for it. Together, they appeal to a court for a second chance, then leave together united as a family.

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Restoration[edit]

A new restoration of That Brennan Girl by Paramount Pictures, The Film Foundation, and Martin Scorsese screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on February 1, 2018. The screening of the film began the museum's program of showcasing 30 restored films from the library of Republic Pictures curated by Scorsese.[2] TCM premiered the restored film on cable television on July 6, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SANTELL, REPUBLIC CANCEL CONTRACT: PRODUCER AND COMPANY DECIDE TO PART AFTER DISAGREEMENT ON BUDGET FOR NEW FILM By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] July 23, 1947: 18.
  2. ^ Hayes, Date (11 January 2018). "Martin Scorsese, Paramount Back MoMA Republic Pictures Screening Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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