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Release Date:
11 July 1952 (Finland) See more »
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Plot:
The nearly-final divorce of the Halsworths suddenly gets complicated when Miriam's old flame comes to town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudette Colbert ... Miriam Halsworth
Macdonald Carey ... Hugh Halsworth
Zachary Scott ... Victor Macfarland

Barbara Bates ... Barbara Denham

Robert Wagner ... Jerry Denham

Marilyn Monroe ... Joyce Mannering

Frank Cady ... Ferguson
Harry Harvey ... Postman (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Jane Bowen ... Secretary (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Laborer (uncredited)
Joan Fisher ... Baby Annabella (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Gerrits ... Milkman (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Pete the Gardener (uncredited)
James Magill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Policeman (uncredited)
Renny McEvoy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vici Raaf ... Peggy - Hugh's Secretary (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Carol Savage ... Miss Jessup (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Laborer (uncredited)
Beverly Thompson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Sale 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mortimer Braus  story
I.A.L. Diamond 
F. Hugh Herbert 

Produced by
Robert Bassler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Fritch 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Hogsett 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Renié 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Goofs:
Continuity: Early in, where Wagner is talking to Bates in bed, just as she sits up her bedclothes in the 'side shots' cover her bosom area, but are down near her waist in the 'front on' shots, and then again. Covered, not, covered, not, covered. A minor 'error', but noticeable.See more »
Quotes:
Miriam Halsworth:You don't believe in the, the sanctity of divorce, do you?
Hugh Halsworth:It's all right for people who've never been married.
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Because of YouSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Who Gave Hugh The Roses?, 26 May 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Let's Make It Legal is an amiable lightweight comedy that gave Marilyn Monroe a featured role in her days on the rise as a legend. The stars are Claudette Colbert and MacDonald Carey who are calling the marriage quits after over 20 years. Waiting in the wings is an old beau of Claudette, Zachary Scott who lost Claudette to Carey back in the day and has gone on to become a captain of industry and awaiting a presidential appointment besides.

The reason for the divorce is Carey's drinking and gambling. His only other indulgence is his garden where he's grown some prize rose bushes.

Two other interested parties are their son-in-law Robert Wagner and daughter Barbara Bates who live with Claudette with their baby girl. Bates won't leave the mother alone and wants her parents back together. Wagner wants to have their own home and if she won't get back together with Carey, Wagner will push a marriage with Scott.

Carey should have done more comedy in his career, he had a nice light touch and does a marvelous drunk act. Colbert is a veteran comedy performer and the part was definitely no strain on her. Still Let's Make It Legal will never be among her top fifty. And Scott is shown up to be something of a cad in the end.

The nucleus of this story is how Carey won her and what he does to win her back. Fans of the main players should enjoy Let's Make It Legal and others will to.

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