The Girl Next Door (1953 film)
|The Girl Next Door|
|Directed by||Richard Sale|
|Produced by||Robert Bassler|
|Written by||Isobel Lennart|
|Story by||Leslie Bush-Fekete|
|Music by||Lionel Newman|
|Edited by||Robert L. Simpson|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$1.2 million (US)|
This was June Haver's last film appearance. Haver had gained fame in the mid-to-late 1940s as a musical star for Fox; she starred in films like The Dolly Sisters, Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Where Do We Go from Here?, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, Look for the Silver Lining, and I'll Get By. Haver departed from films to join a convent in 1952, but left the convent six months later and married actor Fred MacMurray.
When released, The Girl Next Door drew mixed press reviews; it did moderately well at the box-office.
A popular performer, Jeannie Laird decides to buy her first house and celebrate with a big party. The guests' enjoyment is interfered with by the happenings at the home of the next door neighbor, Bill Carter.
Carter is a comic-strip artist. He prides himself on every story he tells being true to life, including that of 10-year-old son Joey, whom he is raising alone. But when a relationship blossoms between Bill and Jeannie after a shaky start, a neglected Joey ends up blabbing to Bill's bosses that the comic strip's adventures have become far more fiction than fact.
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954