Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

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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:
Capt. Miles Lancing
Lt. Tom Cochrane West
Sissy Mortimer
Joseph I. Murdock
Mrs. Irene Selworth
Maj. Bob Wilton
Herbert Rudley ...
Ted Mortimer
Mr. Selworth
Morris Ankrum ...
Mr. Ed Scofield
Jane Green ...
Tom Drake ...
Bill Rice
Neal Dodd ...
Minister (as Rev. Neal Dodd)
Nana Bryant ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

23 August 1944 (USA)  »

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A Felicidade Vem Depois  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Production started shortly after Lana Turner had given birth to her daughter, Cheryl Crane who was an RH baby and had to remain in the hospital. Turner was anemic during filming due to the fact that MGM ordered her back to work before she had fully recovered. See more »


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Aimless Pseudo-Comedy Starring The Beautiful Lana Turner
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First let me say that Lana Turner certainly looks beautiful in her role as a woman who has no idea what she wants. Well, she does like to be pursued. And occasionally she likes the idea of marriage.

This film is listed under the comedy genre. The few forays into the realm of comedy do not make this a comedy any more than her hallucinatory scenes of past lovers makes this a science fiction film. Actually, the film cannot decide what it wants to be. The swing from lighthearted banter to life-altering urgency and back prevents the viewer from fully investing emotionally in the perils of Theo (Ms. Turner).

The only thing to recommend this film are the beautiful people who populate it. And the photography and fashion that frame them.

The script must have been worked and reworked a hundred times by numerous scribes. It is so disjointed that in the end it leaves you wondering what it was all about. Yes, there is the neat "there's no place like home"-type attempt to put a neat ribbon on it all, but it rings hollow. Just look at the pretty people and smile.

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