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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 January 1941 (USA)
A couple who have been married for three years are horrified to learn that their marriage is not legally 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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Cary Grant was the first choice for the role of David. See more »

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When David is gurgling whilst pretending to be ill, he tilts his head towards Jeff twice in subsequent shots. See more »

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David: I will never forget you in that little blue dress.
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Featured in Mr. Hitchcock Meets the Smiths (2004) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
In the score during scenes at Mamma Lucy's
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The Funny Side of Hitch
2 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

In this comedy, a couple married for three years discovers that its marriage is not legal due to a technicality. A curiosity in Hitchcock's filmography, but the Master of Suspense shows a fine sense of comedy, not surprising given the effective use of comic elements in his suspense films. Montgomery shows a nice comedic flair while Lombard, in her penultimate role, once again demonstrates why she was the premier comedienne of her era. A highlight is the dinner scene where Montgomery tries to make Lombard jealous by pretending to be talking to an attractive woman seated next to him. The script runs out of steam towards the end, but it's generally enjoyable.


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