It Happened to Jane (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

It Happened to Jane1959

It Happened to Jane (1959)





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In this comedy, the owner of a lobstery in New England clashes with a railroad magnate after he delivers a shipment of dead crustaceans and she takes him to court to sue. She enlists the aide of a good friend, hires an attorney, and eventually wins.

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Doris Day
as Jane Osgood
Jack Lemmon
as George Denham
Ernie Kovacs
as Harry Foster Malone
Steve Forrest
as Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall
Teddy Rooney
as Billy Osgood
Russ Brown
as Uncle Otis
Walter Greaza
as Crawford Sloan
Parker Fennelly
as Homer Bean
Philip Coolidge
as Wilbur Peterson
Mary Wickes
as Matilda Runyon
Max Showalter
as Selwyn Harris
John Cecil Holm
as Aaron Caldwell
Gina Gillespie
as Betty Osgood
Dick Crockett
as Clarence Runyon
Bob Paige
as Himself
Garry Moore
as Himself
Bill Cullen
as Himself
Harry Morgan
as Himself
Betsy Palmer
as Herself
Steve McCormick
as TV Newsman
Gene Rayburn
as Himself
Bess Myerson
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for It Happened to Jane

All Critics (3)

Directed by Richard Quine, it calls to mind the robust but sentimental Mr. Deeds and Mr. Smith folk-sagas Frank Capra used to make.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

An amiable but stiff populist comedy that should have been funnier since it starred the talented Doris Day, Jack Lemon and Ernie Kovaks.

January 27, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A likeable cast just can't salvage this utterly inconsequential romantic comedy...

February 26, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Happened to Jane


Credit where credit is due: altho Day seems to be intended as some kind of weird example for middle American women to emulate (wholesome, virginal - she's got 3 children in this one and yet blushes when approached for more than simply dinner - and plucky, dammit, plucky) occasionally the real person shines through from behind the Stepford Wives mask and is allowed to become genuinely entertaining. This piece of American propaganda for Americans moves quickly enough to escape utter contempt.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Doris is full of pluck and moxie fighting a big corporate jerk who actually seems unhinged in his singular quest to squash the hard working widow Jane. Jack is the earnest lawyer who has loved her since childhood. Together they make a wonderful pair as they go through no end of complications that drive them apart and united them again. Charming comedy was an inexplicable failure on its initial release probably in large part because of that atrocious title. It's re-release title of Twinkle and Shine was hardly an improvement, why they didn't stick with the initial title of That Jane from Maine which would have fit it perfectly is a mystery. Be that as it may this is a cute family comedy with wonderful location shooting and high production values as well as a super supporting cast.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Very cute... Enough said!

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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