Listen, Darling (1938)

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Young Pinkie Wingate and her pal Buzz will do anything to stop Pinkie’s widowed mother from entering into a loveless marriage with the town’s fuddy-duddy banker – including kidnapping!




  • Judy Garland and Scotty Beckett in Listen, Darling (1938)
  • Freddie Bartholomew and Scotty Beckett in Listen, Darling (1938)
  • Judy Garland and Freddie Bartholomew in Listen, Darling (1938)
  • Scotty Beckett in Listen, Darling (1938)
  • Judy Garland and Freddie Bartholomew in Listen, Darling (1938)
  • Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Freddie Bartholomew, and Scotty Beckett in Listen, Darling (1938)

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28 March 2006 | bkoganbing
| Raining Ten Pins In the Sky
Judy Garland is concerned that mom Mary Astor might be marrying prim and proper banker Gene Lockhart for all the wrong reasons. She concocts a scheme with friend Freddie Bartholomew to kidnap mom and little brother Scotty Beckett in a motor home and head for the open road so she can see what's out there.

I know it sounds like a crazy plot, but it actually is both funny and charming. Judy gets to introduce one of her standards, Zing When the Strings of My Heart and later on during a thunderstorm she comforts Scotty Beckett with the song It's Raining Ten Pins in the Sky. Of course that is a total ripoff of what Bing Crosby sang in the exact same situation in Pennies from Heaven, but who cares.

On the road the family meets both Walter Pigeon and Alan Hale, both more acceptable choices for the widow Astor. Who does she choose. You'll have to sit through Judy Garland singing some really nice songs in her inimitable style to find out.

Not a bad trade, not a bad trade at all.

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