Holy Matrimony (1943)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  27 August 1943 (USA)
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From Arnold Bennett's novel "Buried Alive". An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press.



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Complete credited cast:
Gracie Fields ...
Laird Cregar ...
Melville Cooper ...
Dr. Caswell
Lady Vale
Eric Blore ...
George Zucco ...
Mr. Crepitude
Fritz Feld ...


Famed English painter Priam Farll has spent the last 25 years living in various remote locations with only his trusted manservant, Henry Leek, for company. While Farll is summoned to London to receive a knighthood, Leek falls ill and dies. Wishing to avoid the ostentation knighthood ceremony, the reclusive painter assumes his valet's identity. Farll, posing as Leek, soon receives a letter from Alice Chalice, a widow who has been corresponding with Leek through a marriage bureau and is expecting to finally meet her beloved in person... Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eläköön avioliitto  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At approximately 1:05:54 into the film, the well-lit wall close behind the two main characters suddenly cuts to darkness, as though simulating a night scene, and after seven seconds returns to daylight brightness; all while the ongoing dialogue through the two cuts flows smoothly. See more »


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Utterly charming.
17 January 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This gentle and beautiful comedy has a tone and mood uniquely its own. It is so soft and so gentle that it seems to be made of liquid, and with such a great cast it is a delicious liquid. Monty Woolley and Gracie Fields are wonderful together - they are both such warm and truthful performers. And the entire supporting cast is superb. The script is strong, and the direction finely-tuned. A truly lovely picture.

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