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Director:
Writer:
Norman Krasna (story)
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Release Date:
31 January 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lombard and Montgomery Get Hitched As They're Getting Unhitched ! [DVD USA] See more »
Plot:
Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Hitch doing screwball comedy? See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carole Lombard ... Ann Smith

Robert Montgomery ... David Smith
Gene Raymond ... Jeff Custer

Jack Carson ... Chuck Benson
Philip Merivale ... Mr. Ashley Custer
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Custer
William Tracy ... Sammy
Charles Halton ... Mr. Harry Deever
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Krausheimer
Emma Dunn ... Martha

Betty Compson ... Gertie
Patricia Farr ... Gloria
William Edmunds ... Proprietor Lucy's
Pamela Blake ... Lily (as Adele Pearce)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Bellhop at Lodge (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Harold - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Waiter Captain (uncredited)
Georgia Carroll ... Attractive Woman in Night Club (uncredited)
Francis Compton ... Mr. Flugle (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Thomas - Beefeaters Club Clerk (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Cop (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Attractive Woman's Escort (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Passing David Smith on Street (uncredited)
D. Johnson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Store Manager (uncredited)
Beatrice Maude ... Jeff's Secretary (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dining Taxi Driver (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Conway (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Doorman (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Store Checker (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Store Detective (uncredited)
Stanley Taylor ... Lodge Clerk (uncredited)
Russell Wade ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Bellhop at Lodge (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Sunny - David's Secretary (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Norman Krasna (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Harry E. Edington .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Albert S. D'Agostino (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Irene (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Lawrence P. Williams .... associate art director (as L.P. Williams)
 
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tommy Garland .... stand-in (uncredited)
Betty Hall .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bob Marlow .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1942) | Germany:6 | Norway:7 (1945) | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1997) (2003) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #6670)

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Trivia:
Carole Lombard was a devoted Democrat, while Robert Montgomery was a Republican. During breaks in filming, Lombard made a point of running into the studio parking lot and putting FDR re-election bumper stickers on Montgomery's car.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When David is gurgling while pretending to be ill, he tilts his towards Jeff twice in subsequent shots.See more »
Quotes:
David:I will never forget you in that little blue dress.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Mr. Hitchcock Meets the Smiths (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Sidewalks of New YorkSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Hitch doing screwball comedy?, 24 March 2006
Author: Jem Odewahn from Australia

Yes, this is an Alfred Hitchcock film, albeit a very different one. The Master of Suspense crosses over to the screwball comedy genre in the 1941 film 'Mr and Mrs Smith'. It's an interesting, yet ultimately flawed exercise.

Hitch filmed 'Mr and Mrs Smith' primarily because of his desire to work with the lovely Carole Lombard. She herself desperately wanted to work with Hitch, though not in a suspense film. He obliged with this piece, also starring comedy regular Robert Montgomery.

The somewhat convoluted plot has Montgomery and Lombard as husband-and-wife David and Ann Smith. One fine day Lombard questions Montgomery over the dinner table with the line 'If you had it all to do over again, would you still have married me?' His reply of 'Honestly, no' is not what she had been expecting. Coincedentally, on the same day David and Ann discover that, due to a technical glitch, they aren't really married after all. Like all, screwball set-ups, havoc quickly ensues.

The problem with Mr and Mrs Smith is that too many jokes simply fall flat on their face. The film does not have enough gags that truly work, with only a few moments that gain a genuine smile. Also, Lombard's character is also portrayed at many times as being unnecessarily cruel. Overall, Lombard and Montgomery play their roles very well, Lombard shines as usual, but the magic just isn't there. There a few good scenes, and probably the funniest is when Montgomery tries to make Lombard jealous in a restaurant.

It's remarkable that this is a Hitchcock film- it feels so American in style. A fun side point to note is that this film contains possibly the first Italian 'Pizza-Pasta' joint in America ever to be put on film.

It's a tragedy that Carole died the following year in a plane crash. She was a great comedic actress who may have blossomed into one of Hitchcock's 'cool blondes' in a suspense film. She certainly had the potential.

6/10

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