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Made for Each Other -- Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage...

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Director:
Writers:
Jo Swerling (screenplay)
Rose Franken (suggested by a story by)
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Release Date:
10 February 1939 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carole Lombard ... Jane Mason

James Stewart ... John Horace Mason

Charles Coburn ... Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Harriet Mason
Eddie Quillan ... Conway
Alma Kruger ... Sister Madeline
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ... Newark Radio Operator (uncredited)

Raymond Bailey ... Salt Lake City Hospital Chemist (uncredited)
Bonnie Belle Barber ... John Mason Jr. - Infant (uncredited)
Louise Beavers ... Lily - Cook #3 (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Jim Hatton (uncredited)
Donald Briggs ... Mr. Carter (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Judge (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Ranger on Telephone (uncredited)
Frederick Chapin ... Younger Doolittle (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Omaha Radio Operator (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Juror (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Co-Worker (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Annie - Cook #1 (uncredited)

Harry Davenport ... Dr. Healy (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Hutch (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Airport Operations Manager (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Hospital Cashier (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Johns Hopkins technician (uncredited)
Ruth Gillette ... Tipsy Blonde at New Year's Eve Party (uncredited)
Russell Hopton ... Collins (uncredited)
Olin Howland ... Farmer (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Victor Kilian Jr. ... Chicago Radio Operator (uncredited)
Tom London ... Ranger (uncredited)
Ethel Marical ... Nurse (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Messerschmidt (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Bailiff (uncredited)
James McNamara ... Juror (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... North Platte Radio Operator (uncredited)
Wilhelmina Morris ... Nurse (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Rock Springs Radio Operator (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Harry - Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Renee Orsell ... Hilda - Cook #2 (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Denver Radio Operator (uncredited)
John Picorri ... Juror (uncredited)
Mickey Rentschler ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... John Horace Mason's Secretary (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Simon - Judge Doolittle's Brother (uncredited)

Milburn Stone ... Newark Official (uncredited)
Jackie Taylor ... John Mason Jr. - One Year Old (uncredited)

Nella Walker ... Dr. Langham's Nurse-Receptionist (uncredited)
Ruth Weston ... Eunice Doolittle (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... Nurse (uncredited)

Harry Worth ... New York Hospital Chemist (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
 
Writing credits
Jo Swerling (screenplay)

Rose Franken (suggested by a story by)

Frank Ryan  contributor: humorous situations (uncredited)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Oscar Levant (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom 
 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Stacey .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward G. Boyle .... interior decorator
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Noyes .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
Edmund E. Fellegi .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... music director (as Lou Forbes)
David Buttolph .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lillian K. Deighton .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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92 min
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
The liner shown at the beginning of the film is the SS Normandie. There are more shots of her when John and Jane try to go on their honeymoon in Europe.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Johnny comes home drunk, his collar changes throughout the scene from being flipped up in the back to being properly placed.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cow Belles (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An up and down movie, the ups really spectacular..., 7 October 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Made for Each Other (1939)

"Last year there were half a million divorces in this country. Congratulations."

And that is the beginning of a sometimes-screwball comedy that turns very serious by the end, with James Stewart leading the charge. It could be screwier, and Jimmy Stewart is more lovable than hilarious, so the humor revolves around him as the foil. Carole Lombard, his partner in crime, can be more zany, for sure, but even there, she is more restrained than other films (like "Twentieth Century"). It's the situation, and the rest of the cast, who make this funny...and eventually tragic.

How exactly it drags at times is hard to say. Oddly, even Stewart is a little off base, exaggerating too much. The plot, overall, lacks drive. You might think this doesn't matter in a silly comedy, but it does very much. In fact, because this comedy is laced with a fair amount of normal drama, it needs a basic conflict that dramas need. There are some terrific scenes--the New Year's moment is really moving, and the scenes after that--and these are the reason to watch.

On some level, this is a type of drama/comedy that is aimed at new parents, or newlyweds. The couple's focus on the baby reminded me of "Christmas in Connecticut," and "Penny Serenade." I wish it just worked better, but too often it bumbles along, one little moment after another, the result of imperfect direction (John Cromwell) and a weak script. So it does the best it can, and the last half hour is its best, with high drama kicking in. This is a David O. Selznick production in the same year as his slightly more famous movie, "Gone with the Wind."

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