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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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Lombard and Montgomery Get Hitched As They're Getting Unhitched ! [DVD USA] See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Joies matrimoniales  »

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Trivia

This was the first Alfred Hitchcock film to be shown on American network television. See more »

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Because the Smiths entered into the marriage in good faith, and because they were unaware at the time that the marriage was invalid, their marriage is in fact still legal under American law. See more »

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Ann: Now, mother, don't worry. David will do all right by your little girl.
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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
In the score during scenes at Mamma Lucy's
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Enjoyable fluff from Hitch
30 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Mr. Surif was wrong when he calls this Hitch's only venture into comedy, for "The Trouble With Harry" falls into that category as well. Not having seen all of Hitch's films, there could be others, for all I know.

Unlike "Harry", in which the peripatetic corpse gives the otherwise bucolic goings-on a zanily ghoulish air, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" is an exercise in pure romantic comedy. Montgomery and Lombard work beautifully against each other, and the script is elegantly and effervescently witty. The opening scene, in which Hitchcock suggests the aftermath of a protracted and clearly energetic sexual romp, is surprisingly risque for its time, and far more erotically suggestive than some of the blatant stuff we see nowadays.

My only quibble is what I feel to be a rather unsatisfactory and hasty conclusion.


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