It Happened to Jane (1959)

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Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".



  • Doris Day in It Happened to Jane (1959)
  • It Happened to Jane (1959)
  • Doris Day in It Happened to Jane (1959)
  • Doris Day and Steve Forrest in It Happened to Jane (1959)
  • Doris Day and Jack Lemmon in It Happened to Jane (1959)
  • Ernie Kovacs in It Happened to Jane (1959)

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20 January 2003 | SPUNKYLIBIDO
It happened long ago, in a country far, far away...
Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, a boy scout troop, and a horny lobster named "Sam" take us on a Disney-like adventure, on a steam locomotive named "Old 97," through an optimistic post war America of the 1950's where the average working class citizen could fight a big corporation and actually win! Jane Osgood, a widow with two children and a lobster farm in small town Maine is played by Doris Day. Jack Lemmon plays George Denham, her lawyer, whom she has known since childhood, and represents her in a lawsuit against Ernie Kovacs, a railroad tycoon, whose cost cutting practices caused Doris' shipment of lobsters to be left unattended on a siding for the weekend where they died. Spunky Jane (Doris) refuses to take the measly $700 settlement offered by the railroad, so the the fireworks begin. The newspapers get ahold of the story and enter Steve Forrest, a New York reporter, and you have the love triangle with Doris trying to decide whether to marry the urbane Forrest or Lemmon who once proposed when they were children. It happened to Jane, but it didn't happen at the box office, but I can't figure out why. I saw this movie in the theater when I was thirteen and loved it. But I also loved a couple of unheard of movies named "The Apartment," and, on the late show, "It's a Wonderful Life." Hey, wait a minute! "The Apartment" went on to win best picture Oscar and "It's a Wonderful Life" has become a classic! Maybe I was right and the public was wrong! Maybe the public just hasn't discovered it yet. Small wonder since it isn't even on VHS or DVD. Maybe the Tycoons of Republicanology don't want it released on DVD! Catch it on cable if you can, and watch it with your children. It is great fun for the whole family.

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