Isn't It Romantic? (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

Isn't It Romantic? (1948)



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One of the more popular movie-review paperbacks sums up Paramount's Isn't it Romantic? with a terse "No." There's actually more to the film than that, but not much. Set in Indiana in the 1890s, the story revolves around an diehard Confederate soldier named Major Euclid Cameron (Rolan Culver), who refuses to acknowledge that the South lost the Civil War. Cameron also regards himself as an aristocrat who will never sully his hands with work, which is why he and his family are flat broke. It is up to the Major's three pretty daughters-Candy (Veronica Lake), Susie (Mona Freeman) and Rose (Mary Hatcher)-to make ends meet financially, even if it means marrying for money rather than love. Pearl Bailey transcends the stereotypical role of the Cameron's housekeeper Abigail with her soulful renditions of such forgettable tunes as "I Shoulda Quit When I Was Ahead" (a bit of advice that could have profited the film's producers!)


Roland Culver
as Major Euclid Cameron
Veronica Lake
as Candy Cameron
Mona Freeman
as Susie Cameron
Mary Hatcher
as Rose Cameron
Billy De Wolfe
as Horace Frazier
Patric Knowles
as Richard Brannon
Richard Webb
as Benjamin Logan
Kathryn Givney
as Clarisse Thayer
Larry Olsen
as Hannibal
Ed Johnson
as Jerry, the Piano Player
Charles Evans
as Judge Thomas Logan
Jeff York
as Burly gent
Eddie Johnson
as Jerry, the Piano Player
Dick Keene
as Mr. Hagerty
Olin Howland
as Hotel Clerk
William Meader
as Assistant Clerk
Perle Kincaid
as Corinthian Circle Member
Julia Otho
as Corinthian Circle Member
Mattie Kennedy
as Corinthian Circle Member
Mabel Hart
as Corinthian Circle Member
Sally Hale
as Corinthian Circle Member
Ethel Getty
as Corinthian Circle Member
Ivanetta Gardner
as Corinthian Circle Member
Rose DeHaven
as Corinthian Circle Member
Mabel Butterworth
as Corinthian Circle Member
Syd Saylor
as Bartender
Hall Bartlett
as Carter Dixon
Sarah Edwards
as Bird-like woman
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Critic Reviews for Isn't It Romantic?

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)


October 29, 2020

A formless and rambling musical, which looks as though it were made with at least a half dozen previous musical successes in mind.

October 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Isn't It Romantic isn't. It's a seldom diverting mixture comedy and songs that misses.

October 29, 2020 | Full Review…

A mild musical which doesn't quite come off.

June 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The idea is to give the wholesome nostalgias of small-town U.S. life a coat of sophisticated varnish and, if possible, a new lungful of life. As it turns out, the picture smells more of varnish than of fresh air.

February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The presence of such pleasant players as Veronica Lake and Mona Freeman, among others, fails to offset the heavy-handed horseplay of a trite and tedious filmusical.

October 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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