Greer Garson finds solace in music as she awaits a stormy session in a downpour for hilarious scenes in her new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy, “Julia Misbehaves.” Co-starred, for the fifth time, with Walter Pidgeon, the red-headed star switches from drama to all-out comedy as the irrepressible showgirl who disrupts, but delightfully, fashionable French society. 

Bubbles by the million - and a laugh in every bubble spark Greer Garson’s comedy role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “Julia Misbehaves.” Co-starred, for the fifth time, with Walter Pidgeon, Miss Garson switches from drama to comedy, portraying the madcap Julia, showgirl who swings from high wire to high society. The all-around cast includes Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Cesar Romero, Mary Boland, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Owen and Lucile Watson. Jack Conway directed, with Everett Riskin producing.

"When Greer Garson starts a picture in a bubble bath, that’s news!"

"I’ve always loved the letters I get from fans," Greer said shortly after her reappearance at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the winter of 1947. "One note read, ‘Don’t worry Greer, I am writing a Western for you that’s sure to bring you back.’ Well, it wasn’t a Western I wanted after my Humpty-Dumpty. I wanted a rip-snorting comedy to play. No more queens; the queen’s crown had slipped slightly."

“When Greer Garson starts a picture in a bubble bath, that’s news!” Such was the publicity issued from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on January 16, 1948, as Greer prepared for the opening scene of Julia Misbehaves. As she sat, chatting gaily with the crew before a warm bathtub filled with Ardena Fluff Milk Bath while her hairdresser, Edith Hubner, swept her hair up into a curly mass, she seemed like her old self. She was pleased that despite a “No admittance” sign on the sound stage door, a steady line of friendly well-wishers crowded their way into the eight-foot-square replica of an English bathroom. While Jack Conway and Joe Ruttenberg prepared to film the scene, prop man Tony Ordoqui kept filling the tub with bubbles. Irene was there to check on Greer’s skin-colored bathing suit. Al Block, the studio censor, moved about nervously, anxiously second-guessing the Production Code’s view on modesty. Finally Conway shooed everyone out except Walter Pidgeon. “After all,” Pidgeon argued, “as an actor who has been married to Greer Garson four times, I should have some privileges.”

A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson - Michael Troyan

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