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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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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film in which the actor playing Chet was credited under his new screen name, "Aldo Ray." 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

Florence (Florrie) Keefer: And I made up a rule. I'm gonna do at least a half hour's thinking every day. All by myself. Just quietly.
Mrs. Derringer: What're you gonna think about?
Florence (Florrie) Keefer: I don't know. Everything.
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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

Dolores
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Music by Louis Alter
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Judy Holliday while playing a ukulele
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With a bit of editing, this could be a much better film--and it's certainly NOT for all tastes
22 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is highly reminiscent of Judy Holliday's other film, PHFFFT! because both films concern a divorcing couple that down deep still love each other dearly. Also, in many ways it is reminiscent of THE WAR OF THE ROSES in that it appears to be a cautionary tale about marital discord, but unlike this Danny DeVito movie, THE MARRYING KIND is more upbeat and doesn't have the same dark sensibilities as WAR OF THE ROSES.

The film begins with a husband and wife in divorce court. Instead of just granting the divorce, the judge brings them both into her chambers to discuss why they want the divorce since it isn't readily apparent. Both Holliday and Aldo Ray (who plays the husband) then begin to recount their marriage through a series of flashbacks. The flashbacks are incredibly well-acted and realistic--like a real honest to goodness family. While most of their ups and downs seem pretty normal, great tragedy strikes later in their marriage (get out the tissues!).

All of this is wonderfully done, but also VERY tough to watch as things turn from bad to much worse. Plus, after a while, the tragedy and pain becomes a little too much and seems to drag on a bit too long. Shortening up the film by about fifteen minutes would have greatly helped the pacing. Despite these problems with the film, though, the film is marvelously realistic and great film-making. In many ways, this is a must-see film for young couples or anyone contemplating divorce, as it gives an unusual perspective and insights you just don't normally see addressed in films.


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