The Reluctant Debutante

The Reluctant Debutante

Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, John Saxon

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The Reluctant Debutante is a vintage example of the sort of elegant, witty "polite" comedy that Hollywood used to pull off so well. Real-life husband and wife Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall are cast as newly wed Jimmy and Sheila Broadbent, two of London's more attractive aristocrats. Jimmy has a daughter, Jane (Sandra Dee), from a previous marriage; though the girl is dead set against it, Jimmy insists that Jane make her society debut in London. Daddy wants his darling daughter to meet the "right" kind of husband, but she's more interested in handsome-but-shady American musician David Parkson (John Saxon). Little does anyone know that David, secretly a titled millionaire, is actually the prize catch of the season. The matchless Kay Kendall manages to walk away with the picture, though she's given a run for her money by fifth-billed Angela Lansbury. The Reluctant Debutante was based on the play by William Douglas Home.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2011
UPC: 0883316311509
Original Release: 1958
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 15,630

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Jimmy Broadbent
Kay Kendall Sheila Broadbent
John Saxon David Parkson
Sandra Dee Jane Broadbent
Angela Lansbury Mabel Claremont
Diane Clare Clarissa Claremont
Peter Myers David Fenner
Charles Cullum English Colonel
Ambrosine Phillpotts Secretary
Sheila Raynor Maid

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Robert Christides Set Decoration/Design
Jean D'Eaubonne Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
William Douglas Home Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Jean-Paul Ulysse Makeup
Eddie Warner Score Composer

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The Reluctant Debutante 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
"The Reluctant Debutante" is a great movie about two women who want to marry off their daughters to men that belong to the financially elite class of England. Kay Kendall plays concerned stepmother Sheila Broadbent to Sandra Dee's character of her cautious stepdaughter Jane Broadbent. Angela Lansbury plays the clever patriarch Mabel who also wants to match her daughter Clarissa (played by Diane Claire) with a bachelor from the upper class. I label Jane Broadbent's character as shrewdly cautious because her stepmother tries to at first hook her up with a man by the name of David Fenner (played by Peter Myers). Jane is little interest in David Fenner, and is actually ends up falling in love with David Parkson (played by John Saxon). The problem with this is that her family mistakenly takes David Parkson to have a reputation as a womanizer, when it is actually David Fenner. In addition, Sheila Broadbent at first has no idea of the true status of David Parkson. Sheila Broadbent initially tries to match her stepdaughter with David Fenner, but eventually backs off when Jane Broadbent makes it clear that she is in love with Mr. Parkson. There are frequent movie scenes various high society dance balls in order to paint a clearer picture of what the two mothers are doing in order to match their children with their future husbands. "The Reluctant Debutante" is a good film to watch if you enjoy watching films about the aristocratic classes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've waited for this movie a long time. Sandra,Rex,Kay,John are great together. Add Angela Lansbury and you're off. We want more Sandra Dee movies released on dvd. Why do we have to wait so long? They are really good movies. I met her when I was a kid. She and James Stewart promoted their movie. She was everything to kids my age. More, More, More.......PLEASE!