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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Eläköön avioliitto  »

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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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Version of His Double Life (1933) See more »

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You definitely want to treat yourself to this movie
9 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a virtually flawless little gem. Quiet, perfectly paced.

Actors who do only caricature in most movies - Franklin Pangborn - show that they can actually act here. Eric Blore gets a death scene. Imagine that! Everything just moves on, with a warm charm that never descends into the sentimental, much less the saccharine. The timing is perfect.

It's not witty. It's not particularly clever, though it is certainly humorous at times. You like the main characters, though they certainly have their faults.

I'm starting to repeat myself here to fill enough lines, and I don't want to blather on. But if you get a chance, watch this movie. It's just very well done.


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