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Mr. & Mrs. North

Mr. & Mrs. North(1942)

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Owen Davis' play was based on three short stories, written by New York drama critic Richard Lockridge and his wife Frances, for The New Yorker. The stories appeared from 23 March through August 3, 1940. Millard Mitchell recreated his role from the Broadway production of the play. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter and M-G-M publicity materials, Henry O'Neill was cast, but he did not appear in the released film. The same sources, and a publicity still from the film indicated that Olin Howland was cast as a police desk sergeant, but he was not in the released film. Hillary Brooke was listed as a "Guest" in the CBCS, but she was not in the viewed print. Mr. & Mrs. North was Gracie Allen's first film since the 1939 Paramount production, The Gracie Allen Murder Case (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1691). Allen made only one additional screen appearance, in a comic routine in the 1944 M-G-M film Two Girls and a Sailor (see below). The characters of "Pam" and "Jerry North" were featured in a television series, also entitled Mr. and Mrs. North, co-starring Richard Denning and Barbara Britton as the title characters and Francis De Sales as their friend, "Lt. Bill Weigand." The series ran on CBS from October 3, 1952 -September 1953, and on NBC from January-July 1954.