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Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, War  |  23 August 1944 (USA)
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Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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James Craig ...
Capt. Miles Lancing
John Hodiak ...
Lt. Tom Cochrane West
Frances Gifford ...
Sissy Mortimer
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Joseph I. Murdock
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Mrs. Irene Selworth
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Maj. Bob Wilton
Herbert Rudley ...
Ted Mortimer
Paul Cavanagh ...
Mr. Selworth
Morris Ankrum ...
Mr. Ed Scofield
Jane Green ...
Martha
Tom Drake ...
Bill Rice
Shirley Patterson ...
Neal Dodd ...
Minister (as Rev. Neal Dodd)
Nana Bryant ...
Nurse
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Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal of Air Corps Lieutenant Tom West. After the honeymoon, Tom's father dies and Tom goes into the defense industry. When Theo has a baby, she hates the idea of being matronly and wants to be the old party girl. The problem is that her husband is working constantly. She looks to her friends, who are having their own problems, and to her old flame Captain Lancing. To decide on what she wants to do with her baby and her life, Theo must grow up. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Shortly before the start of principal photography, Hollywood Reporter announced that Fred Zinnemann was to direct the picture and Gene Kelly was to co-star with Lana Turner. See more »

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Talk about ironic casting!
17 August 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Lana Turner might have been a good actress, but her personal life was a mess. She was married seven times and none of them lasted very long. So, having her star in "Love is a Private Affair" is ironic indeed. The film seems inspired by her own life, as Theo (Turner) has been brought up by a spoiled and narcissistic mother (Natalie Schafer) who seems to get married about as often as most folks change their underwear! And, not surprisingly, Theo is ill-equipped for marriage. Only eventually does she realize that marriage is not about finding the perfect partner but about being able and mature enough to be married.

While this isn't a bad film and it is worth seeing, the film has two things working against it. First, having Turner star in a pro-marriage film is a bit ridiculous and today this sort of casting might make folks laugh. Second, and a more serious problem, is that the film takes a long time getting to Theo's sudden revelation and the happy ending. You know it's coming but the film seems to take forever getting there.


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