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11 July 1952 (Finland) See more »
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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

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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)
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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)
 
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77 min
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Quotes:
Hugh Halsworth:Sometimes your husband revolts me.
Barbara Denham:I know just what you mean.
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not particularly well done, 23 October 2012
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, Zachary Scott, Robert Wagner, Barbara Bates, and Marilyn Monroe star in "Let's Make it Legal," a 1951 20th Century Fox comedy. It's a fast little black and white film about a divorcing couple, the Hugh Halsworths (Colbert and Carey), their daughter Barbara (Bates) and her new husband Jerry (Wagner).

The premise is that the Halsworths are divorcing because Hugh is a compulsive gambler and Miriam, his wife, has had about all she can stand. So they've separated and the divorce is final at midnight. But Hugh is always hanging around, spraying his roses or entering the house on some other excuse.

Their daughter is having marital adjustment problems: She loves her mother waiting on her hand and foot and taking care of the new baby, but her husband wants them to have their own place. Barbara hopes her parents will get back together, which Jerry attributes to her selfish motives. In the midst of all this, an old boyfriend of Barbara's (Scott) enters the picture and proposes.

This film is of interest due to an early appearance of Marilyn Monroe as a sexy young woman most anxious to meet the very wealthy Victor (Scott). It's also of interest to me because Colbert and Carey play young grandparents - not young people playing characters supposed to be older, but actual young grandparents. You don't see much of that in classic era films. Hugh tells Scott he married Miriam right out of school. (In actuality, Carey was about 38 at this time and Colbert was 48).

"Let's Make it Legal" is also of interest as a look at how the studios worked. This isn't a big movie, so it's used as a training ground for two contract players, Wagner and Bates, neither of whom are very good. The studio probably appeased agent Johnny Hyde, who was ambitious for his client Monroe by giving her a small role. They used the film as a vehicle for Colbert, who in Hollywood, though still beautiful, is past her sell by date and relegated to less expensive films, as well as the washed up Scott. They pair her with a B leading man, Carey, whose big success was in television.

This isn't a great movie. It's light, it's amusing, it's somewhat dated. Seeing Colbert is always a pleasure and Carey was an amiable actor, Scott an attractive one. Sadly both Bates, who later committed suicide, and Scott suffered from depression. Scott at this point in his career concentrated on stage and television work.

Pleasant comedy.

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