You Were Meant for Me (film)

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You Were Meant for Me
You Were Meant for Me FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Produced byFred Kohlmar
Written byValentine Davies
Elick Moll
StarringDan Dailey
Jeanne Crain
Oscar Levant
Herbert Anderson
Barbara Lawrence
Music byAlfred Newman
Lionel Newman
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byWilliam H. Reynolds
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • February 1, 1948 (1948-02-01) (U.S.)
Running time
92 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$2 million (US rentals)[1]

You Were Meant for Me is a 1948 musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Dan Dailey and Jeanne Crain as a bandleader and his wife. It was released by 20th Century Fox.[2] Marilyn Monroe may have worked on the film as an uncredited extra.[3] The film includes performances of "You Were Meant for Me", "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)", and "Ain't Misbehavin'".

Plot summary[edit]

Chuck Arnold (Dan Dailey) is a bandleader during the 1920s. He meets hometown girl Peggy Mayhew (Jeanne Crain), a flapper script girl, at one of the band's presentations, and the next day, they get married. Though she loves him, life on the road becomes increasingly difficult for her, and eventually, with the rise of the Great Depression, in 1929, she tires of it, and returns to her country home. Unable to find new bookings, he soon joins her, and brings with him Oscar Hoffman (Oscar Levant) his acerbic, cynical manager. The bandleader finds the pastoral life a crashing bore, and so, he heads for the big city to find fortune. This time, he succeeds, and happiness is the result.[4]



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  1. ^ "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
  2. ^ Barry Monush (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. p. 156. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  3. ^ J. Randy Taraborrelli (August 25, 2009). The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (eBook ed.). Retrieved July 4, 2011. ...if you count You Were Made for Me, a Jeannie Crain-Dan Dailey musical, one that some sources maintain is a part of Monroe's filmography.
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