|You Were Meant for Me|
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Produced by||Fred Kohlmar|
|Written by||Valentine Davies|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Edited by||William H. Reynolds|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
|Box office||$2 million (US rentals)|
You Were Meant for Me is a 1948 musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Dan Dailey and Jeanne Crain as a bandleader and his wife. It was released by 20th Century Fox. Marilyn Monroe may have worked on the film as an uncredited extra. The film includes performances of "You Were Meant for Me", "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)", and "Ain't Misbehavin'".
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Chuck Arnold (Dan Dailey) is a bandleader during the 1920s. He meets hometown girl Peggy Mayhew (Jeanne Crain), a flapper script girl, at one of the band's presentations, and the next day, they get married. Though she loves him, life on the road becomes increasingly difficult for her, and eventually, with the rise of the Great Depression, in 1929, she tires of it, and returns to her country home. Unable to find new bookings, he soon joins her, and brings with him Oscar Hoffman (Oscar Levant) his acerbic, cynical manager. The bandleader finds the pastoral life a crashing bore, and so, he heads for the big city to find fortune. This time, he succeeds, and happiness is the result.
- Jeanne Crain as Peggy Mayhew
- Dan Dailey as Chuck Arnold
- Oscar Levant as Oscar Hoffman
- Barbara Lawrence as Louise Crane
- Selena Royle as Mrs. Cora Mayhew
- Percy Kilbride as Mr. Andrew Mayhew
- Herbert Anderson as Eddie
- Harry Barris as Harry, the pianist
- Marilyn Monroe as Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
- Concerto in F
- Music by George Gershwin
- Happy Days Are Here Again
- Lilacs in the Rain
- Music by Peter De Rose
- You Were Meant for Me
- If I Had You
- Can't Sleep a Wink
- Written by Charles Henderson
- Crazy Rhythm
- I'll Get By
- Good Night, Sweetheart
- Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell, and Reginald Connelly
- Ain't Misbehavin'
- Ain't She Sweet?
- "You Were Meant for Me" (1929 song), a pop standard written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown.
- "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" (1928 song), a pop standard written by Fred E. Ahlert and Roy Turk.
- "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929 song), a slide/jazz standard written by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf.
- "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
- Barry Monush (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. p. 156. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- J. Randy Taraborrelli (August 25, 2009). The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (eBook ed.). Retrieved July 4, 2011.
...if you count You Were Made for Me, a Jeannie Crain-Dan Dailey musical, one that some sources maintain is a part of Monroe's filmography.