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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 January 1941 (USA)
Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid.

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New York sophisticates David Smith and Ann Smith née Krausheimer have been lovingly and passionately married for three years, or so they believed. They are told individually that due to a technicality - an unresolved municipal and state jurisdictional issue at the time of their supposed marriage - their wedding was not legal, and as such they are not really married. Despite David saying earlier in the day that if he had to do his life all over again that he would not have married her (even though he loves her), it is Ann that decides not to marry David this second time around due to an action, or in reality inaction, by David in reaction to the news of their marriage being invalid. While Ann goes about her life as a supposedly single woman (which includes calling herself Ann Krausheimer), David does whatever he can to win Ann back. But winning Ann's hand may be difficult as part of Ann's new life is dating other men. One of those other men and the most serious is David's best friend ... Written by Huggo

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Love and Laugh with the flirting Mr. and the flitting Mrs. who ran their marriage by rules--until a rule that wasn't in the book almost ran their marriage on the rocks...Red Book Magazine says it's the most explosive and hilarious comedy of 1941--and you won't argue! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock's only screwball comedy. He was talked into directing it by Carole Lombard. See more »

Goofs

The position of the fur blanket on Ann during the sleigh ride changes several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

David: I will never forget you in that little blue dress.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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"I'd give five bucks to see that cat take a sip of that soup."
13 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard play a quarrelsome married couple. One day they discover they're not actually married after all due to a legal technicality. Montgomery hesitates about getting remarried right away, which sets Lombard off and she leaves him. He spends the rest of the movie trying to get her back, even after she's started dating his law partner.

A rare foray into a full-on comedy, this is one of Alfred Hitchcock's most divisive movies. People seem to have strong opinions about it one way or the other. The first time I saw it I hated it. It took repeated viewings over the years before I began to appreciate it more, though I still think it's flawed. I just recently watched it with a friend who had never seen it before and knew nothing of its reputation. She hated it like I did the first time and for the same reason: it's hard to buy the two lead characters as in love or care about them getting back together due to how they treat each other. Carole's character is annoyingly childish. She does little in her performance to soften that. Montgomery is better, getting most of the funny scenes in the movie. The scene in the restaurant with the cat and the soup was my favorite. It's an enjoyable movie but not for all tastes. Try to lower your expectations going in, particularly if you have high expectations due to it being a Hitchcock film.


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