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The Marrying Kind (1952)

Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing the judge encourages them to remember the good times they have had hoping that the ... See full summary »

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George Cukor
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Florence (Florrie) Keefer
Aldo Ray ... Chet Keefer
Madge Kennedy ... Judge Anne B. Carroll
Sheila Bond Sheila Bond ... Joan Shipley
John Alexander ... Howard Shipley
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... George Bastian
Phyllis Povah ... Mrs. Derringer
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Pat Bundy
Griff Barnett ... Charley
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Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing the judge encourages them to remember the good times they have had hoping that the marriage can be saved. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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"Shaddup!"

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Que Deus Me Deu See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the memorable 4th of July picnic flashback, George Cukor relied for inspiration on a production of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard". See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Holliday's character welcomes her mother at her apartment. When she closes the apartment door an stage hand can be seen helping to close the door from the hallway. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Derringer: Oh, I didn't remember he had an 'F' in 'im.
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Crazy Credits

At the film comes to the classical "The End" over the final shot of the two main characters in background, instead of the usual fade-out, Columbia Pictures added the advertisement: "You have just seen our New Personality - ALDO RAY - Please watch for his next picture." In the background, a short sequence of Aldo Ray speaking (no dialogue heard - simply the remaining ending score) in a bedroom setting seen in the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Growing Pains: The Marrying Kind (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
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Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
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Judy, Judy, Judy
26 June 2000 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

It's widely known that Judy Holliday was the greatest comic actress of all time, but did you know she was also a subtle and moving tragedienne? This movie begins as a screwball comedy about a sparring couple, and all I'll tell you is, it turns into something quite different -- and it pulls it off. Judy's beautiful playing has much to do with this, as does Cukor's deft direction. Aldo Ray is a revelation: You may not think of him as a leading actor of his generation, but with Cukor's touch, he hits all the notes of tenderness, childishness, and bewilderment written into his character. Husband-and-wife screenwriters Kanin and Gordon supply funny lines, ingenious dream sequences, a "Rashomon"-type narrative, and much hard-earned insight into marital discord. Also, unusual for a Hollywood film from the '50s, the kids come off as real kids, not synthetic little dears or bratty little monsters.

Despite all the high-priced talent, it's a cheap-looking movie, with almost verite glimpses of 1952 New York. And the abrupt shift of tone may be off-putting to some. Me, I appreciated the film for treating adults like adults, and for suggesting that life and marriage are not wrapped up in neat little packages. An offbeat movie, and very rewarding for those willing to accept it on its own terms.


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