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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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It's Daring! It's Delightful--And as Spicy as It's Speedy! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Joies matrimoniales  »

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Trivia

Ann Krausheimer (Carole Lombard) and David Smith (Robert Montgomery) were married in Beacham in March 1937. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jeff Custer: I envy you from the bottom of my heart. I wish I was in your shoes.
David: Yes, she's a great kid.
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Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) 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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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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