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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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Complete credited cast:
Philip Merivale ...
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Custer
William Tracy ...
Mrs. Krausheimer
William Edmunds ...
Proprietor Lucy's
Lily (as Adele Pearce)


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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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carole Lombard, in order to twit Alfred Hitchcock and generate publicity about his comment that "actors are cattle", set up a miniature cattle pen on the set. The pen held three heifers, each emblazoned with the name of one of the three stars. See more »


At Lake Placid, when Jeff and Ann try to pick up David in the snow, his hat falls off. When the shot changes to behind Jeff, David's hat is back on. See more »


David: I'd give five bucks to see that cat take a sip of that soup.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Mr. and Mrs. Who? (1979) See more »


The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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lesser Hitchcock
18 May 2005 | by (Tucson,Az) – See all my reviews

Hitch claimed he only directed the script as written as he had no feel for the material. It's an OK comedy but did anyone else notice how annoying Carole Lombard's character is? Even the people around her are a bit offbeat. She is so annoying shrill and dreary one wonders why Robert Montgomery is working so hard to get her back. Alright for your Hitch collection but not really a fantastic film. It's a look back into the social mores of yesterday as Montgomery exposes Carole as a married woman so the store she's employed at fires her as it's the store's policy not to employ married women. One wishes the characters could have been played a little more warmly instead of the tart,sharp way they were directed by Hitchcock. Since he wasn't crazy about the project,he might have injected a bit more cynicism than he thought.

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