The Girl Next Door (1953 film)

The Girl Next Door is a 1953 musical comedy film directed by Richard Sale, released by 20th Century Fox, and starring June Haver, Dan Dailey, and Dennis Day.

The Girl Next Door
Directed byRichard Sale
Produced byRobert Bassler
Written byIsobel Lennart
Story byLeslie Bush-Fekete
Maria Fagyas
StarringJune Haver
Dan Dailey
Dennis Day
Music byLionel Newman
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byRobert L. Simpson
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 13, 1953 (1953-05-13)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.2 million (US)[1]

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.



  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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