The Stork Club (1945 film)

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The Stork Club
Stork Club poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Hal Walker
Produced by Harold Wilson (associate producer)
Buddy G. DeSylva (producer)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva and
Jack McGowan
Starring Betty Hutton
Barry Fitzgerald
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Gladys Carley
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
December 19, 1945 (1945-12-19)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4 million+[1] or $3.2 million (US rentals)[2]

The Stork Club is a 1945 American film directed by Hal Walker. It is a musical comedy starring Betty Hutton.

Plot summary[edit]

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.




  1. ^ Looking at Hollywood Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 18 Oct 1949: 26.
  2. ^ "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety, January 8, 1947, p. 8

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