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Isn't It Romantic? (film)

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Isn't It Romantic? (film)

Isn't It Romantic?
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Produced by Daniel Dare
Written by Jeannette C. Nolan (original novel, Gather Ye Rosebuds)
Richard L. Breen
Josef Mischel
Theodore Strauss
Starring Veronica Lake
Billy De Wolfe
Mona Freeman
Richard Webb
Pearl Bailey
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by LeRoy Stone
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 6, 1948 (1948-10-06)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Isn't It Romantic? is a 1948 film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Veronica Lake and Billy De Wolfe. Although it takes its title from a 1932 song by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, it is based on a novel called Gather Ye Rosebuds by Jeannette C. Nolan.[1] it is also known as Father's Day and It's Always Spring.

The plot is set in Indiana after the Civil War and is about three daughters courted by three young men.

It is notable for receiving the shortest review ever given to a motion picture, according to Guinness World Records; well-known critic Leonard Maltin simply replied "No" as a response to the film's title.[2]

Plot summary

Major Euclid Cameron, an officer of the Southern Army during the Civil War, writes his memoirs about the hardships of battle right after the war. We are in Indiana, at the time of Reconstruction, and the Major's finances are not in order. Cameron's daughters, Candy, Susie and Rose, urge him to get a job so they can pay the family's debts. The strongheaded Major refuses, taking pride in the fact that no Cameron has ever had a decent job. He bobs a job offer from a banker in town, Clarissa Thayer, a single woman who has always found him attractive.

The romantic Candy is in town with her fiancé Horace Frazier, and her flirtatious behaviour angers Horace. Candy's talking to complete strangers leads her into the scope of swindler Richard "Rick" Brannon. Horace believes he recalls Rick from his days at music school back in the day, and invites to him the engagement party for Cameron's daughter Rose and Ben Logan, the son of Judge Thomas Logan. The Judge and the Major are old friends, and at the party they start arguing about the Civil War. At the party, Rick flirts with Rose in front of everyone, and the party breaks up when a fight starts between Rose and Ben.

Rick continues his inappropriate siege by sending Candy a box of flowers and silk stocking the next day. When the Major finds out he is outraged, but soon calms down when he hears about an investment opportunity from Rick. The Major is persuaded to line up as an investor in an oil drilling enterprise in Arkansas.

The same day Susie, Candy, Horace and Ben go to a movie together, but are forced to leave the theatre after Ben gets into a fight. Upon their return, Ben reconcile with Rose as they go on a picnic together. The Judge then agrees to throw another engagement party for the couple, since the first one went wrong.

The unsuspecting Candy eventually falls for Rick's charms, and the Major agrees to collect $3500 from his acquaintances to support Rick's business enterprise. After he has given the money to Rick, he learns that the Judge suspects Rick of being a swindler. At the night of the second engagement party, before the Major has time to react, Rick has left town with the money. Candy has also left a note saying she has eloped with Rick. The party is once again interrupted, as Ben and Horace go after the train with which Rick and Candy are traveling.

Ben and Horace manage to stop the train by starting a fire on the tracks. The discover Candy and Rick together, arguing as Candy tries to take back the stolen money. Ben knocks Rick unconscious, and the three leave Rick to return home with the money. They manage to get them back before word gets out that the Major was swindled.[3]



  1. ^ Hoosier Screenwriters and Novelists whose work has been translated to the screen. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2005), p. 700. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. ISBN 0-451-21265-7. Signet Books. Accessed April 15, 2007.
  3. ^

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