Made for Each Other (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  10 February 1939 (USA)
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Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage. Lawyer thinks everything will be fine as he moves up the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Harriet Mason
Eddie Quillan ...
Alma Kruger ...
Sister Madeline


Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage. Lawyer thinks everything will be fine as he moves up the ladder of the law firm. He doesn't and things get tough. A baby makes things even tougher. Written by Jack Pfeifer <>

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10 February 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 19, 1940 with Carole Lombard reprising her film role. See more »


When Johnny comes home drunk, his collar changes throughout the scene from being flipped up in the back to being properly placed. See more »


Lily, Cook #3: Never let the seeds stop you from enjoying the watermelon.
Jane: That's all right if you've got a watermelon.
Lily, Cook #3: You mustn't say that, Miss Mason. You've got your watermelon, but you chokes yourself up on all the little seeds. I always say "Spit 'em out before they spoil your taste for the melon."
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Opening credits start with hands signing "Carole Lombard" and "James Stewart" to a marriage license. See more »


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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Tear's Eve party and sung by the guests
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Touching (if flawed) story of likeable young married couple.
14 March 1999 | by (Mountain View, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Stewart and Carole Lombard make an incredibly appealing couple, one whose everyday middle-class joys and sorrows you like sharing. That's all there is to the movie, pretty much, Jimmy and Carole get married, have a baby, deal with in-laws, money troubles, changes in their relationship, all the things everyone does. It's the opposite of an Action Flick, here domestic sorrows like pay cuts and not having a baby sitter on New Year's Eve are treated as seriously as real people treat them, and the movie is well made enough that you care. Who couldn't care about such nice, funny, sensitive people? For much of its length, it's a better "Penny Serenade".

The place where it falls apart is the ending, which is a ludicrously inappropriate melodrama about flying medicine in from thousands of miles away in a storm, it just doesn't belong in the same movie. But, I like the story behind it: Like a character in the movie, producer David Selznick's brother Myron (a power agent) was taken seriously ill, and was basically given up for dead. A doctor said that the only thing that could save him was a rare/experimental drug that wasn't available in LA, it had to be flown in from the east coast in terrible weather. The Selznick family sweated for hours, trying to keep in touch with a heroic pilot who was risking his life to save a stranger. When the pilot landed safely and Myron was saved, David Selznick the workaholic producer said "This it too good to waste on Myron. Let's put it in a picture!" I just wish he'd waited for a better place to use it.

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