Nisha Rathode (Editor)

It Had to Be You (1947 film)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Initial release  1947
Cinematography  Rudolph Mate
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Music director  Heinz Eric Roemheld
Language  English
It Had to Be You (1947 film) movie poster

Director  Rudolph Mate, Don Hartman
Writer  Norman Panama (screen play), Melvin Frank (screen play), Don Hartman (story), Allen Boretz (story)
Cast  Ginger Rogers (Victoria Stafford), Cornel Wilde (Johnny Blaine), Percy Waram (Mr. Horace Stafford), Spring Byington (Mrs. Martha Stafford), Ron Randell (Oliver H.P. Harrington), Thurston Hall (Mr. Ned Harrington)
Similar movies  The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Kid, The 'Burbs, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Claude Chabrol's High Heels
Tagline  Until he sent those little hot shivers shooting down to her toes... she thought it was a dream!

It Had to Be You is a 1947 romantic comedy film directed by Don Hartman and Rudolph Maté, starring Ginger Rogers and Cornel Wilde.


It Had to Be You (1947 film) movie scenes

A marriage-shy sculptor meets the boy of her childhood dreams, now a firefighter.

It Had to Be You (1947 film) It Had to Be You 1947 film Wikipedia

Plot summary

It Had to Be You (1947 film) It Had to Be You 1947 Ginger Rogers Cornel Wilde YouTube

In this fantasy, screwball romantic comedy,Victoria Stafford (Ginger Rogers), is a wealthy girl who has been engaged three times, and has three times backed out at the altar.

It Had to Be You (1947 film) wwwgstaticcomtvthumbmovieposters40733p40733

On a train she meets the vision George McKesson dressed as an Indian, just like she envisioned her dream man when she was a kid. He claims that he is a figment of her imagination and will disappear as soon as she stops thinking about him. He follows her home and causes much confusion among her family. Determined to wed her fourth fiancé, Oliver H.P. Harrington (Ron Randell),

Victoria is on the verge of saying "yes", when suddenly she meets the real version of her "dream lover," Johnny Blaine, a firefighter (Cornel Wilde), the physical incarnation. At her insistence they start going out. It turns out he too, has backed out three times at the altar claiming it never felt right. Victoria is so excited to meet him and to discover that they share a lot in common but George doesn't buying it easily because he has three let downs, plus he has to do things his way. In the meantime, fiancée Oliver has a conversation with George. Who alludes to the scandal of Victoria, having traveled with an Indian on a train.

In a way he gives Oliver the phone number of the conductor who witnessed the whole train adventure. Oliver, desperate to find out the truth tracks down the train conductor, then calls off the wedding. After some days, Victoria has convinced Johnny that they have always been in love ever since they were kids and that they are made for each other. He decides to marry her but wants to speak to her father first. Because the family thinks that he is George, they are confused when he claims to be Johnny Blaine the firefighter.

Thinking that the whole family is nuts and concerned about her train adventure with another man, he leaves. Oliver and Victoria reconcile through their families and are about to marry when the vision of George McKesson shows up at the wedding, dressed as an Indian.

The father knowing she is marrying the wrong man sets off the fire alarm to bring the real dream man, Johnny. When the fire crew enter the ceremony, Johnny carries Victoria over his shoulder and they leave the house.


  • Ginger Rogers as Victoria Stafford
  • Cornel Wilde as George McKesson/Johnny Blaine
  • Ron Randell as Oliver H.P. Harrington
  • Percy Waram as Mr. Stafford
  • Spring Byington as Mrs. Stafford
  • Thurston Hall as Mr. Harrington
  • Charles Evans as Dr. Parkinson
  • Carol Nugent as Victoria at age 6 (uncredited)
  • Judy Nugent as Victoria at age 5 (uncredited)
  • Billy Bevan as Evans, the Butler
  • Frank Orth as Train Conductor Brow
  • Anna Q. Nilsson as Saleslady
  • Track listing

  • It Had to Be You
  • Music by Isham Jones
  • Wedding March
  • Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
  • Bridal Chorus
  • Music by Richard Wagner
  • References

    It Had to Be You (1947 film) Wikipedia
    It Had to Be You (1947 film) IMDb It Had to Be You (1947 film)