The Shocking Miss Pilgrim

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

In 1874 Boston, Grable is a typist for a shipping company. She and her boss, Haymes, fall in love, but their relationship becomes strained because of her "shocking" advocation of women's rights and participation in the early suffragette movement. Haymes will not tolerate such improprieties, but a few tunes and overworked jokes later, he comes around for...read more

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In 1874 Boston, Grable is a typist for a shipping company. She and her boss, Haymes, fall in love, but their relationship becomes strained because of her "shocking" advocation of women's rights and participation in the early suffragette movement. Haymes will not tolerate such

improprieties, but a few tunes and overworked jokes later, he comes around for the predictably happy ending. The studio thought they'd give Grable something daring and thus put her in a period picture that actually dared to cover her legs, breaking many a sailor's heart. The screenplay is fairly

ridiculous and unfunny, with overemphasized woman's-place-is-in-the-home stuff. However, the film is redeemed somewhat by its music. Some unpublished songs by the late George Gershwin were collated and reworked by Kay Swift and Gershwin's brother (and lyricist), Ira. The latter wrote new lyrics

for these undiscovered tunes, including "For You, for Me, for Evermore," "Aren't You Glad We Did?," "Stand up and Fight," and "Waltz Me No Waltzes." Other songs include: "Changing My Tune," "Back Bay Polka," "One, Two, Three," "But Not in Boston," "Sweet Packard," "Waltzing Is Better Sitting

Down," and "Demon Rum."

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