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Its a Great Feeling (1949)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Musical
  • Release Date: 1 August 1949 (USA)
  • Runtime: 85 min
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  • IMDb page: Its a Great Feeling (1949)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 608 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Musical
  • Release Date: 1 August 1949 (USA)
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Director: David Butler
  • Stars: Doris Day, Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson|See full cast and crew
  • Soundtrack: It's a Great Feeling
  • Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound System)
  • Plot Keyword: Hollywood | Studio | Faked Pregnancy | Film Making

Writing Credits By:

  • Jack Rose (screenplay) and
  • Melville Shavelson (screenplay) (as Mel Shavelson)
  • I.A.L. Diamond (story)

Known Trivia

  • Both William H. O’Brien and William J. O’Brien appear in this film (uncredited) saloon waiters.
  • Joan Crawford does a cameo and directs a short speech to Jack Carson before slapping his face. It’s the same one she gives to Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce before slapping her face. Jack Carson was also a star in that film with Joan.
  • Nita Talbot’s film debut.
  • Patricia Neal, still wearing the black fur-trimmed evening gown from The Fountainhead came directly from that set to film her ballroom scene cameo.

Goofs: Continuity: During Edward G. Robinson's brief cameo appearance, the hands of the clock change back and forth between shots.

Plot: A waitress at the Warner Brothers commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break… See more » |  »

Story: A waitress at the Warner Brothers commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break may have arrived when actors Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan agree to help her.Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Alex Gottlieb known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dennis Morgan known as Himself
  • Doris Day known as Judy Adams
  • Jack Carson known as Himself
  • Bill Goodwin known as Arthur Trent
  • Irving Bacon known as RR Information Clerk
  • Claire Carleton known as Grace
  • Mazzone-Abbott Dancers known as Dancers (as The Famous Mazzone-Abbott Dancers)
  • Jean Andren known as Headwaitress (uncredited)
  • Lois Austin known as Saleslady (uncredited)
  • Shirley Ballard known as Beautiful Girl on Bike (uncredited)
  • Janet Barrett known as Michael Curtiz's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Eugene Beday known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Al Billings known as Wrestler on Television (uncredited)
  • Mel Blanc known as Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
  • Paul Bradley known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Carol Brewster known as Model (uncredited)
  • Jan Bryant known as Redhead (uncredited)
  • David Butler known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Frank Cady known as Oculist (uncredited)
  • George Calliga known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Sue Casey known as Model (uncredited)
  • Robert Cherry known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Edward Clark known as Minister (uncredited)
  • Gary Cooper known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Joan Crawford known as Herself (uncredited)
  • Michael Curtiz known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Bunty Cutler known as Reporter for Variety (uncredited)
  • Marcel De la Brosse known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Sayre Dearing known as Studio Employee (uncredited)
  • Jacqueline deWit known as Trent's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Dudley Dickerson known as Porter (uncredited)
  • Tom Dugan known as Wrestling Fan in Bar (uncredited)
  • Carli Elinor known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Franklyn Farnum known as Man at Train Station (uncredited)
  • Pat Flaherty known as Charlie, Studio Gate Guard (uncredited)
  • Bess Flowers known as Studio Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Errol Flynn known as Jeffrey Bushdinkle, the Groom (uncredited)
  • Buddy Gorman known as WB Messenger Boy (uncredited)
  • Sandra Gould known as Train Passenger in Upper (uncredited)
  • Sydney Greenstreet known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Ray Heindorf known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Vic Holbrook known as Wrestler on Television (uncredited)
  • James Holden known as Soda Jerk (uncredited)
  • Danny Kaye known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Douglas Kennedy known as Opening Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)
  • Mike Lally known as Ticket Salesman (uncredited)
  • Wendie Lee known as Agnes the Manicurist (uncredited)
  • Ralph Littlefield known as Hayseed (uncredited)
  • Mickey McMasters known as Wrestling Referee on Television (uncredited)
  • Peter Meersman known as Flack (uncredited)
  • Harold Miller known as Studio Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Henry Mirelez known as Pedro (uncredited)
  • Ray Montgomery known as Raoul Walsh's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Forbes Murray known as Distinguished Man (uncredited)
  • Patricia Neal known as Herself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Alfred Nunez known as Pancho (uncredited)
  • William H. O'Brien known as Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
  • William J. O'Brien known as Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
  • Eleanor Parker known as Herself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Albert Petit known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Albert Pollet known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Maureen Reagan known as Herself (child), Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Ronald Reagan known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Waclaw Rekwart known as Frenchman (uncredited)
  • Georges Renavent known as Andre Bernet (uncredited)
  • Edward G. Robinson known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Rod Rogers known as Flack (uncredited)
  • Cosmo Sardo known as Studio Barber (uncredited)
  • Harry Seymour known as Man in Upper Berth (uncredited)
  • George Sherwood known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Olan Soule known as Flack (uncredited)
  • Mark Strong known as Man with Cigar (uncredited)
  • Nita Talbot known as Model (uncredited)
  • King Vidor known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Joan Vohs known as Model (uncredited)
  • Raoul Walsh known as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
  • Harlan Warde known as Publicity Man (uncredited)
  • Eve Whitney known as Model (uncredited)
  • Jack Wise known as Train Passenger in Lower (uncredited)
  • Jane Wyman known as Herself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Perc Westmore known as makeup artist
  • Agnes Flanagan known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Nick Marcellino known as makeup artist (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures

Distributors:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (1949) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • USA 1 August 1949
  • Sweden 24 April 1950
  • Finland 18 May 1951
  • Portugal 13 August 1951
  • West Germany 27 November 1971 (TV premiere of subtitled version)
  • West Germany 18 April 1978 (TV premiere of german version)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    Poor Doris Day, working in the Warner Brothers studio commissary hopingfor her big break in films. It might be coming due to the fact that nodirector wants to work with Jack Carson any more. So Carson gets theidea he's going to direct the next film he does with Dennis Morgan. Andsince no leading lady wants to work with him, the team needs a freshface.

    Morgan and Carson did a series of films at Warner Brothers who weretrying to create a Crosby-Hope tandem of their own. They were good,butnot as good. It really helped Bing and Bob to have two of the top ratedradio shows in the country where every week you could guarantee thatthe two of them would have a jab or two at the other's expense. Andthey guested on each other's show innumerable times. This provided abuilt in publicity machine that Morgan and Carson couldn't possiblycompete with.

    This was the last of their films as a team and Warners did somethinghere that Paramount couldn't do for Bing and Bob. That was have theboys play themselves and try to get a leading lady. At Paramount thatjob was sewed up by Dorothy Lamour.

    Dennis Morgan had a pleasing Irish tenor voice. Unfortunately Warnersalso didn't do as well by him as Paramount did by Crosby in the way ofsongs. If you can remember any of the songs from any of the Morgan-Carson films, God Bless You. The ones that Bing sang made it to the topof the charts.

    That being said, Morgan and Carson were fine performers in their ownright and the film is a nice piece of nostalgia seeing all the cameoappearances by various stars working at Warner Brothers at the time.All the Crosby-Hope monkeyshines are done well by them.

    Try as they may, Doris Day gets fed up and just wants to go back toGurkey's Corners, Wisconsin and marry fiancée Jeffrey Bushdinkel.

    But you got to watch the movie to learn about Jeffrey Bushdinkel.

  2. MCL1150 from United States
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    So much is made of how Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan were supposed tobe Warner Bros. answer to Hope and Crosby that people miss the pointthat they actually made a rather enjoyable team in their own right. Infact, just keep your eyes on Jack Carson and you’ll end up wondering ifhe stole from Hope or if Hope stole from Carson! Yeah, they weren’t asbig as their contemporaries, but so what? I really like them together.They teamed in several 1940s comedies at Warners and "It’s a GreatFeeling" is probably their best film and definitely my personalfavorite. Not only are Carson and Morgan in top form here, but there’sseveral cameos of WB stars that really make this a lot of fun. It’snicely directed by David Butler who interestingly enough directed Hope& Crosby in "The Road Morocco" seven years earlier. Butler also has asmall cameo along with a few other Warner’s directors which is just anice little addition to the fabric of the film while a young andbeautiful Doris Day makes for a great icing on the cake! So when all’ssaid and done this is a really enjoyable little comedy. And at 85minutes it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome. IMHO, "It’s a GreatFeeling" is a must for any fan of forties comedy fare. Just becauseCarson & Morgan won’t make you forget Hope & Crosby doesn’t mean theycan’t be memorable. I’ve always been a big fan of the so called "lightmusical comedies" of the 40s and this is one of the best. Highlyrecommended!

  3. Neil Doyle from U.S.A.
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    Doris Day became an old hand at comedy by the time her career was over, butthis early musical comedy with Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson is one of herfunniest jobs. She plays a waitress at the Warner studio who wants to breakinto movies. Aided and abetted by Carson and Morgan, she gets her chance atstardom but not before a series of misadventures that are really an excuseto trot out some of the big Warner stars for brief cameos. She gets towarble a couple of so-so tunes but it’s her comedy scenes with Bill Goodwin(as the studio head she’s trying to impress) that display her true comicgifts, batting her lashes and giving him a silly grin. It cracks me up everytime! Dennis Morgan has a nice duet with Day and there are some otherstandard tunes thrown in, but it’s an amiable piece of entertainment, nicelypackaged in technicolor. Danny Kaye has an unbilled cameo at the trainstation–and Irving Bacon does a comic turn that’s quite amusing. Gueststars include Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Jane Wyman, Sydney Greenstreet,Patricia Neal, Eleanor Parker , Ronald Reagan and Edward G.Robinson.The "surprise" ending is a fun twist. And if that’s not enough, there’s S.Z.Sakall ("Cuddles") for even more laughs.

  4. David Matthews (dmatthews03@hotmail.com) from Toronto, Canada
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    This one of good natured spoofs on Hollywood that is set in a real studioand has a number of stars appearing as themselves, usually satirizing theirscreen personalities. Unlike many films of this type the stars don’t outstay their welcome, and are sometimes genuinely funny. The movie is noclassic (certainly it’s no SINGING IN THE RAIN) but it passes the timeagreeably enough and leaves the impression , whether true or not, that thecast and crew had a good time making it. The stars; Dennis Morgan, JackCarson and Doris Day; work well together. Highlights are Dennis Morgan andDoris Day singing a very pleasant duet, Jack Carson doing an impression onMaurice Chevalier and Irving Bacon in a funny sketch as railway stationinformation clerk.

  5. steveareno from Templeton, CA
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson are again buddies in thisone.Theyare trying to get the lovely Doris Day in movies.There are many cameos byWarner Brothers stars including Joan Crawford,Danny Kaye and ErrolFlynn..(He plays Jeffery Bushfinkle!).The best part of this movie in myopinion is whenDennis and Doris sing BLAME MY ABSENT-MINDED HEART together.Theyboth had such beautiful voices it’s a joy to hear themsing!!People who love star-filled movies or just like to seeDennisand Jack being funny together should see this film!

  6. misterbee-1 from Fredericksburg, Virginia
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    This is a terrific little film. Light entertainment, nothing to thinkabout, just sit back watch the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age andenjoy. Any movie with Dennis Morgan AND Jack Carson has to be good, andDoris Day pretties up the whole thing. Lots of cameos by Hollywood'sbest and lots of talent. I recommend this movie when you're tired andstressed and just want a good movie to relax to. The other great thingabout this movie is you never know who will show up. Gary Cooper andDennis Morgan sitting at a drug store counter, Coop sipping Coke,Dennis prattling on and Coop just saying "Yup." Just goes to show youdon't need to say a lot, especially a lot of "F" words to show yourtalent. Nobody in Hollywood today comes up to these stars in terms oftalent and class.

  7. ryancm from United States
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    As part of another DORIS DAY collection, IT'S A GREAT FEELING is a"feel good" movie of its era. An improbable confection that's easy totake. Lot's of cameo's from the Warner contract players of the time,and it's fun to see them, some of them making fun of their images.Luckily Doris Day was born during this era of film musicals as sheshines as no other comedian/actress/singer has ever done. If she wereborn 30 or so years later she wouldn't have had her phenomenal career.Wonder what kind of films she would be doing if her heyday were in the70's-90's. GREAT FEELING is no great shakes plot wise, but lots of fun.Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan are a fine pair in the order of Hope andCrosby. Wish they would have teamed up more often.

  8. Roger Burke from Brisbane, Australia
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    Without a doubt, classic Hollywood made some great musicals. This filmis not one of them. And, there have been much better comedies fromTinsel Town also.

    The distinguishing and saving features of this bit of frippery are twofold: first, you'll go a long way before finding another film with somany uncredited cameo appearances by major studio stars of the time(only Mike Todd's Around the World in 80 days, made in 1956, comes evenclose); and second, this is a snappy and self-referential send-up ofthe perils and pleasures of working in Hollywood.

    The downside is this: if you were born after 1960, you probably won'tappreciate the cameos by the actors and directors mainly because they'dgone from the scene – duh – by the time you started going to movies.But, on the upside…well, if you liked Robert Altman's The Player(1992), then this movie may appeal also.

    The story, of course, is hackneyed: girl, working as a waitress (DorisDay), wants to get into movies, meets struggling director (Jack Carson)whom nobody likes, but who just happens to have a big-time singing star(Dennis Morgan) ready to help…

    Good grief – David Lynch turned that short plot synopsis into a horrormovie called Mulholland Drive (2001), minus the cameos – but not thesinging. How about that?

    Anyhow, back to the dilemmas of Doris…

    Okay, the story sucks but the dialog is great and Jack Carson wasalways the guy to deliver perfect one-liners perfectly. I lost count ofthe number of times the dialog poked fun at every aspect of Hollywoodlife. And, the sight gags with the many and varied cameos are spot on,the standout performances coming from Gary Cooper, Edward G. Robinsonand – how could anybody miss her? – Joan Crawford. And, look, if likeme you don't like Dennis Morgan's singing, just turn off the sound fora minute or two and grab your next beer from the cooler.

    And, for the record, the cameos I recognized are: Gary Cooper, JoanCrawford, Micheal Curtiz, Errol Flynn, Sydney Greenstreet, Danny Kaye,Patricia Neal, Eleanor Parker, Ronald Reagan, Edward G. Robinson, KingVidor, Raoul Walsh and Jane Wyman.

    Now, after you've seen this very syrupy and mild expose of Hollywoodlife – but it's a lot of fun – take the time to see what it's reallylike with Lynch's little plot of horrors, mentioned above.

  9. nickandrew from PA
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    This was really a picture to promote new talent Doris Day at the time by herstudio, Warner Bros. Dennis Morgan & Jack Carson play themselves, trying toget Day (who plays a studio waitress) into the movies. The story and songs(except Cafe Rendezvous) are totally forgettable. The fun part are cameosfrom nearly every Warners actor at the time including Ronald Reagan, JaneWyman, Danny Kaye, Gary Cooper, Sydney Greenstreet, Patricia Neal, JoanCrawford, Eleanor Parker, Edward G. Robinson, Errol Flynn and even directorsDavid Butler (who directed this), Raoul Walsh (High Sierra, White Heat),Michael Curtiz (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Casablanca) & King Vidor (Beyond theForest, The Fountainhead). Tailored for Day fans or classic film buffs. 21/2 stars out of 4.

  10. dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
    16 Nov 2012, 4:21 am

    How revealing when Joan Crawford goes into her "drama queen" act andthen admits she does that in all her movies. Or when Edward G. Robinsondoes his tough guy routine after persuading the studio guard to pleaselet him act tough or they'll all be out of work. Good for a laugh. Butit's also a little unsettling to see these super-stars as just ordinaryfolks, after all.

    I gather (from TMC) the production was rushed through to meet certainobligations. If so, they did a cracker-jack job. Sure, the plot isabout as shopworn as they come—provincial girl (Day) breaking into showbusiness, helped (or hindered) by two fast-talking smoothies (Morgan &Carson). But it's done up with great bounce and energy. The youthfulDay sparkles with the kind of winning luster that made her a movie starperennial. Carson mugs it up in amusing Carson fashion, while his buddyMorgan sings and looks handsome.

    Then, of course, there are the star cameos from the Warners 1940'sstable, including a "yup- ified" Gary Cooper sipping a malted through astraw, of all things. (Note how the famously boozy Hollywood suddenlyprefers malts and ice cream to scotch and water—perhaps the movie'smost amusing fiction.) Personally, though, I like Bill Goodwin'sdiscombobulated producer best. His shtick with Day is a good runninggag and I kept hoping he wouldn't get his glasses fixed.

    Anyway, the movie's full of amusing bits cleverly woven together,including a behind-the- scenes look at the studio (to save time insteadof building sets—TMC). In my book, it's the kind of pleasure that comesas a reward to old movie buffs and should not be missed.

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