Starring: Fred Allen, Ginger Rogers, David Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Douglas, Eve Arden, Louis Calhern, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eddie Bracken, Mitzi Gaynor
Directed By: Edmund Goulding
Other Notable Contributers: music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Favorite Scene: The “Glad Gladwyns” pre-show argument.
Favorite Line: “We can’t fight at home. We don’t speak there.” – Steve Gladwyn
Raves: This is a fun, lighthearted, romantic comedy about five couples who suddenly find themselves not legally married. You could hardly ask for a better all-star ensemble cast and each part is well played. The five couples’ relationships are all amusing and make this a pretty enjoyable film.
Rants: My only real rant with this film is its too short! I would have liked to see more of some of the couples, specifically Fred Allen/Ginger Rogers and Paul Douglas/Eve Arden. The ending felt too abrupt, like it didn’t really follow through enough with the stories to make the ending believeable.
My Take: Despite feeling like some of the couples could have used some more screen time, I still enjoyed the film. This is a great film to watch if you’re just looking for something fun. The film doesn’t contain groundbreaking cinematography or Academy Award winning performances, but its still one worth watching. I’ll also note that this is billed as a Marilyn Monroe film, but she actually has one of the smaller parts.
Modern Day Counterpart: Love Actually (2003). Both tell the stories of multiple couples in very different situations, but who all have trouble in their love lives.