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A grumpy old fisherman tries to avoid marriage, contend with a daughter he never knew he had and scuttle the attempts of landlubbers who want to rob him of his seagiong livelihood, while the locals try to reform him.
Lee White, recently married to Katherine Bryant, eyes a vacation from marital responsibilities when Katherine goes out of town to attend a friend's wedding. But he soon becomes bored and accepts the hospitality of his in-laws, and soon finds himself as a partner in his father-in-law's real estate business. But, well-meaning as it is, he soon grows tired of his in-law's interference that it soon results into domestic spats between he and Katherine. Written by
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Bess Flowers (Saleslady) and Russell Simpson (Man on street). Spring Byington (Mrs. Bryant) was listed in the cast by a contemporary newspaper, but that role was played by Irene Rich. See more »
MGM may have been trying out a new family series like the Hardys when it came out with This Time For Keeps. I certainly could have seen Guy Kibbee and Irene Rich as the patriarch and matriarch of another wholesome all American family.
Kibbee and Rich have two daughters, Ann Rutherford and Virginia Weidler. Rutherford is slightly beyond the newlywed stage married to Robert Sterling.
Some trouble is brewing on the horizon. Kibbee likes his son-in-law well enough, in fact he always wanted a boy. He talks him into coming into the family real estate business, but Sterling does it against his better judgment. He likes Kibbee also, but when he goes to work for him, Sterling finds Kibbee smothering any initiative he takes.
As for Weidler she's going through her teen age angst especially around young Richard Crane. All these problems naturally get resolved in the end.
This Time For Keeps is a pleasant enough family film which didn't embarrass anyone at MGM's B picture unit. And I'm sure it played well enough with any of MGM's featured products. Look quickly for a small bit by Ava Gardner and for me the hit of the film was seeing Richard Crane, the future Rocky Jones Space Ranger decked out as a ballerina at a costume party.
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