7.3/10
474
8 user 2 critic

Holy Matrimony (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 27 August 1943 (USA)
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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Molly and Me (1945)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A vivacious actress needing work becomes a housekeeper for a crusty retired politician, and gives his life the shaking-up that it needs.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Gracie Fields, Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley
Night and Day (1946)
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall, Anne Baxter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Kathy lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age and feeling trapped with her father in her small world... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Monty Woolley, Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton
Air Force (1943)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After the accidental death of an idiot heir, a stunt man is hired to impersonate him while the family gathers to determine the dispersment of the estate of Miss Tatlock's millions.

Director: Richard Haydn
Stars: John Lund, Wanda Hendrix, Barry Fitzgerald
Phantom Lady (1944)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Upper-class female reporter is (despite herself) attracted to hulking laborer digging a tunnel under the Hudson river.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ilka Chase
Comedy | Music | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The life of air pioneer Amelia Earhart is here given a fictionalized treatment, with a speculative conclusion.

Director: Lothar Mendes
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Fred MacMurray, Herbert Marshall
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Dr. Caswell
...
...
Lady Vale
...
...
Mr. Crepitude
...
Critic
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eläköön avioliitto  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Version of The Great Adventure (1921) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
good movie
14 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monty Wooley is British artist Priam Farll in "Holy Matrimony" from 1943. Farll is a reclusive painter living in a remote area with his manservant, Henry Leek (Franklin Pangborn). The two return to London when Farll is told he is going to receive a knighthood. Leek, however, becomes ill with pneumonia and dies. When the physician mistakes him for Farll, Farll goes along with it and takes on Leek's identity. This way, he can avoid the knighthood ceremony, which he dreads.

Then Farll receives a letter from one Alice Chalice (Gracie Fields), a widow who has been in correspondence with Leek through a marriage bureau and is expecting to meet him. A complication.

That's a tame complication compared to what's coming. Leek, apparently, was already married (to Una O'Connor) and has two grown sons. She sues for bigamy. Farll and Chalice marry, and he continues to paint, but that causes problems too. His paintings are being sold as originals, but he was supposedly dead when they were painted.

Amusing film with wonderful performances and a good story. Wooley is great as a stubborn man who is determined to protect his privacy and hold onto the life he has. Gracie Fields gives a very straightforward, honest performance as the strong Alice. And Franklin Pangborn is his usual delightful self, though we see way too little of him.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?