A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.
Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer's two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts' hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse. Written by
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The film was shot between October 20 and December 16, 1941. During 1943, the film was shown to the Armed Forces overseas. but went unissued domestically until its Manhattan debut at the Strand Theatre on September 1, 1944, followed by the nationwide release on September 23. Warner Bros. had been contractually required to wait for the Broadway play to finish its run, which finally occurred on June 17, 1944. By the time the movie opened, Priscilla Lane and Warner Bros. had ended their association. See more »
As the film opens, the narration on screen tells viewers that the action begins at 3:00 PM. However, when Mortimer & Elaine go up to the window at the marriage bureau, the clerk says "Good morning, children". See more »
I'll knock your block off, you big stiff! You're a bum!
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This is my all-time favorite classic movie. It has an very
sophisticatedly entertaining plot line, the casting is superb, the pace
is breathtaking, and it deals with a subject (euthanasia) that is still
controversial today. The story is a fine example of "black comedy",
where a socially unacceptable idea is shown in a very entertaining
The story is set up brilliantly right from the get-go; where a
'certifiable' publicly-acclaimed bachelor is secretly getting married.
The personality of the cast is excellent. I know that Cary Grant
reckoned this was his worst movie, saying it was more of a "Jimmy
Stewart-type part"; but his spot-on comic timing and professional style
hamming plays the role to perfection. Also co-starring in the movie is
a brilliant Peter Lorre as a maniac doctor and Raymond Massey as the
psychotic brother. Most critics have attacked this film by saying the
script refers to the psycho being a Boris Karloff look-alike,
highlighting the fact that Boris played the role is the original stage
play. However Massey plays the role to deadpan perfection, and the
humor of the scenario still works.
My favorite scene is the self-referential one where Mortimer (a theater
critic)is describing "bad plays (and movies)". If you watch the
background action, and pay attention to the dialog, the ironic
situation is brilliantly realized. This film also has my personal
favorite quote, said by Cary Grant as Peter Lorre frantically tries to
warn him of impending doom; "Stop underplaying - I can't hear you!"
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