The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

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A soldier spends the weekend with an actress after being stood up by her friend. Will he be able to change her cynical attitude towards love?


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  • Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Parker in The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
  • Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Parker in The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
  • Eve Arden and Eleanor Parker in The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
  • Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Parker in The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
  • Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Parker in The Voice of the Turtle (1947)
  • Ronald Reagan and Eleanor Parker in The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

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13 July 2001 | haroldg-2
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| Delightful wartime comedy.
Irving Rapper's 1947 wartime comedy 'One For the Book,' is based on John Van Druten's Broadway play, 'The Voice of the Turtle.'

Eleanor Parker plays a young, struggling NY stage actress who's been disappointed with love, but agrees to go out with a soldier on leave (Ronald Reagan) after he's stood up by her friend (Eve Arden). They spend the weekend together and fall in love.

I don't think there was a prettier girl in all the movies then Eleanor Parker, who also had one of the loveliest speaking voices, so distinct and individual. On top of that, she's a marvelous screen actress, and this is one of her best early films, in Margaret Sullavan's famous stage role. (She even wears Sullavan's hairstyle with her trademark bangs.) Though she's usually at her best playing strong, domineering women, she's very charming in this entertaining romantic comedy.

Ronald Reagan, too, had one of his better film roles, and working with Parker brought out the best in him. With the exception of his dramatic role in 'Kings Row,' he's rarely this appealing, and his love scenes with lovely Eleanor are very romantic.

And Eve Arden is terrific as always as Parker's man-chasing friend.

A very bright, enjoyable romantic comedy, well directed and acted.

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