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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid.

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Gene Raymond ...
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Philip Merivale ...
Mr. Ashley Custer
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Custer
William Tracy ...
Sammy
Charles Halton ...
Esther Dale ...
Mrs. Krausheimer
Emma Dunn ...
Martha
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Patricia Farr ...
Gloria
William Edmunds ...
Proprietor Lucy's
Pamela Blake ...
Lily (as Adele Pearce)
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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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Riotously directed by Alfred Hitchcock who now lends to laughter that touch of genius which was so evident in his "Rebecca" and "Foreign Correspondent" See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

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Joies matrimoniales  »

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Trivia

Carole Lombard directed Alfred Hitchcock's cameo, making him do repeated retakes. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Harry Deever: I guess she's changed some huh?
[refering to David's wife]
David: Well, she's... changed a little.
Mr. Harry Deever: She once chased a dogcatcher half a mile with a baseball bat.
David: Well, she hasn't changed as much as you think.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Mr. and Mrs. Who? (1979) 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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this is hitchcock?
21 May 2000 | by (Kitchener, Ontario) – See all my reviews

As a long-time Hitchcock fan, I avoided this as I would some of his silent dramas, as not typical of his work. However, I just watched one of the funniest, smartest, and sweetest screwball comedies I have ever seen, ranking for me with My Man Godfrey and Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Carole Lombard is absolutely radiant and I found myself laughing out loud many times, something I don't do usually when watching a movie alone. I adored it and I can't see why its rating isn't higher here. Hitchcock excelled as much at comedy as suspense and this one proves it.


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