The Stork Club (1945 film)
|The Stork Club|
|Directed by||Hal Walker|
|Produced by||Harold Wilson (associate producer)
Buddy G. DeSylva (producer)
|Written by||Buddy G. DeSylva and
|Edited by||Gladys Carley|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|December 19, 1945|
|Box office||$4 million+ or $3.2 million (US rentals)|
Judy Peabody saves an old man from drowning. He turns out to be Jerry Bates, "J.B." to his lawyer Curtis, "Pop" to Judy, who mistakenly believes the wealthy old-timer to be poor.
Pop instructs his lawyer to reward Judy with everything her heart desires, anonymously. A hat check girl at New York's popular Stork Club nightclub, Judy's dream is for her bandleader boyfriend Danny to return home from the Marines so she can sing with his band.
A letter from Curtis informs her she now has a brand new apartment, free of charge, and a line of credit at a fashionable department store, no strings attached. She promptly buys dresses and furs, without knowing the identity of her benefactor. Pop comes to the Stork Club to keep an eye on her. She lands him a job as a busboy, but that doesn't work out, so she invites Pop to share her apartment. Danny comes home, excited to see her until he sees the apartment, the clothes and the old man. Believing her to be a "kept" woman, he falls out of love with Judy.
Billingsley is invited by Judy to hear the band. Impressed, he gives them a job at the club. Judy finally discovers that Pop is responsible for her new riches and is able to win back Danny's love and give back to Pop his wife.
- Betty Hutton as Judy Peabody
- Barry Fitzgerald as Jerry B. "J.B."/"Pop" Bates
- Don DeFore as Sgt. Danny Wilton
- Andy Russell as Jimmy 'Jim' Jones
- Robert Benchley as Tom P. Curtis
- Bill Goodwin as Sherman Billingsley
- Iris Adrian as Gwen
- Mary Young as Mrs. Edith Bates
- Charles Coleman as MacFiske
- Mikhail Rasumny as Mr. Coretti
- Audrey Young as Jenny
- Catherine Craig as Louella Parsons
- Noel Neill as Jacqueline Billingsley (uncredited)
- Andy Russell - "Love Me" (Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn)
- Betty Hutton - "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" (Music by Hoagy Carmichael, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
- Betty Hutton and Andy Russell - "If I Had A Dozen Hearts" (Music by Harry Revel, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
- Betty Hutton - "I'm a Square in the Social Circle" (Music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans)
- Betty Hutton - "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" (Music by Egbert Van Alstyne, Lyrics by Harry Williams)
- The band - "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree"
- Barry Fitzgerald and Mary Young - "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree"
- Looking at Hollywood Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 18 Oct 1949: 26.
- "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety, January 8, 1947, p. 8