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Bernardine (1957)

High school students enter a fictional woman's name (Bernardine Mudd) in a contest. The contestant wins and hilarity ensues.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Mary Chase (play), Theodore Reeves
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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat Boone ... Arthur 'Beau' Beaumont
Terry Moore ... Jean Cantrick
Janet Gaynor ... Mrs. Ruth Wilson
Dean Jagger ... J. Fullerton Weldy
Dick Sargent ... Sanford Wilson (as Richard Sargent)
James Drury ... Lt. Langley Beaumont
Ronnie Burns ... Griner
Walter Abel ... Mr. Beaumont
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Madge Beaumont
Isabel Jewell ... Mrs. Ruby McDuff
Jack Costanzo ... Jack Costanzo - Orchestra leader
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Storyline

High school students enter a fictional woman's name (Bernardine Mudd) in a contest. The contestant wins and hilarity ensues.

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

El sueño que yo viví See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Janet Gaynor's final film. It was also her first film since The Young in Heart (1938) 19 years earlier. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) See more »

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Written by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Pat Boone
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Pat fixes up Mama's boy
21 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The big screen debut of one performer and the farewell role of another. That's how Bernardine will go down in cinema history. Certainly for not any great merit of its own.

I took note that Bernardine was a play on Broadway and was written by Mary Chase who had written the wonderful and whimsical Harvey. I was thinking it would be something like that. Just an average comedy where some of the jokes don't quite come off.

Pat Boone who was the clean cut answer to Elvis Presley back in the day made his debut on the screen in Bernardine. The real lead is Dick Sargent and Boone is one of his pals and both have conceived of their ideal woman as someone they've named Bernardine.

Sargent is really quite the Mama's boy and Mom is Janet Gaynor who made her farewell big screen appearance here. Sargent hooks up with Terry Moore, but later Boone fixes her up with his older brother James Drury of the United States Air Force

When Bernardine was on Broadway circa 1953 rock and roll had not arrived. By 1957 the kids already seemed dated. Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley were quite the seismic event musically.

On the plus side Pat Boone revived the 30s hit Love Letters In The Sand in this film, had a hit record and to this day the song is identified with him.

If you're a Pat Boone fan Bernardine will be fine. But definitely don't expect another Harvey.


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