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Grounds for Marriage (1951)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  19 January 1951 (USA)
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Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
Ina Massine
Paula Raymond ...
Agnes Oglethorpe Young
Chris Bartlett
Dely Delacorte
Dr. Carleton Radwin Young
Richard Hageman ...
Dr. Engelstaat
Paula Drew ...
Victor Desny ...
Count de Beaugard
Theresa Harris ...
Stella, Ina's Maid
Robert Sherwood ...
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Torben Meyer ...
Pat Williams ...
Office Manager


Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.

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19 January 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

J'épouse mon mari  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although uncredited, David Raksin is named by Dr. Engelstaat as composer of "Toy Concertino" before it is performed. Johnny Green encouraged Raksin to extend the piece to make it suitable for concert performance, resulting in a slightly longer version that received its premiere by the New York Philharmonic on December 19, 1954. It was included in the MGM Records 10-inch soundtrack LP. See more »


Hymn to the Sun
from "Le Coq d'Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Some funny moments but not enough...a poor vehicle for Kathryn Grayson...
12 May 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

While KATHRYN GRAYSON doesn't get a chance to shine here (she's left voiceless for too much of the film), at least VAN JOHNSON and BARRY SULLIVAN prove so adept at comedy that it's a shame they never had more frequent chances to prove how good they were at mugging.

Sullivan, with his trim mustache and eyebrow-raised reactions, is clearly having a good time as an eccentric toymaker with designs on Grayson and PAULA RAYMOND--and anyone else who tickles his fancy.

Van Johnson has a fine time as a doctor who is part of an all-doctor orchestra and trying not to renew his relationship with ex-wife Grayson. Unfortunately, the script makes Grayson's character rather unbearable, relieved only by some operatic warbling that scarcely gives the audience time to appreciate her musical talent. Ironically, the studio could have chosen much more effective operatic arias for her to sing, given that she's supposed to be an operatic diva who has just finished a world tour. Instead, we get very brief segments from "La Boheme" and "Carmen" that are over much too soon.

Funniest bit has Van Johnson stifling a cold while making a speech about his theories on cold symptoms and later getting sympathetic treatment from Grayson while he wheezes and coughs his way into a spasm of epic proportions. He's hilariously effective.

Summing up: Too bad the script isn't bright enough to accommodate all of these expert performers. A very uneven comedy that gets a lift from Johnson and Sullivan.

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