Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  25 December 1948 (USA)
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Anabel Sims is determined to find the perfect husband. She thinks she's found her man in Madison Brown, a handsome pediatrician. She then prepares an elaborate scheme to trap him into marriage.



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Anabel Sims is determined to find the perfect husband. She thinks she's found her man in Madison Brown, a handsome pediatrician. She then prepares an elaborate scheme to trap him into marriage.

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"Every Girl Should be Married" says Cary Grant, Noted Bachelor Baby Doctor, so she took his advice and married HIM!




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25 December 1948 (USA)  »

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Don Hartman's Production of Every Girl Should Be Married  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a scene in his office between he and his nurse-employee, Cary Grant performs a dead-on impression of his co-star Betsy Drake - who he would soon marry in real life. See more »


During Dr. Brown's lecture, his pocket handkerchief changes positions between shots, and sometimes disappears altogether. See more »


Julie Howard: Anabelle! Do you mean you're going to deliberately set out to trap him?
Anabel Sims: Well, I know it's dreadful but this is the kind of thing men force us to do.
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Referenced in Beyond Therapy (1987) See more »


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Music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
Played often throughout the picture
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Quaint Tale, Charming Heroine
17 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am always amazed and disappointed by commentators who cannot accept depictions of other eras without imposing their own contemporary socio-cultural values. Judging by many reviews of this film, Prince Charming must have been a stalker!

This film is a quaint depiction of a bygone era, with different social mores. It is a delightful comedy, and Betsy Drake is so charming, it is no wonder that she became Mrs. Cary Grant shortly after this film was completed. Grant, himself, delivers a fine, and rather subtle performance. Give him some credit; he portrays a very serious character that does not become a wet blanket in this light comedy. He is certain that he is being chased, then not so certain, and finally decides that it doesn't really matter. I am also a fan of Franchot Tone, and he delivers a nice performance in an undemanding role. Diana Lynn is also good. None of these roles is very demanding, but each actor creates a credible, likable character. The end also provides a fun surprise, and a brief appearance by a young Eddie Albert. Otherwise the plot is simplistic in the extreme; the film stands or falls on the characters. A bunch of likable, easy to watch characters make this an enjoyable little movie.

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