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The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)

 -  Comedy  -  November 1951 (USA)
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Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »

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Kitty Bennett
Scott Brady ...
Matt Hornbeck
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Mae Swasey
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George Wixted
Michael O'Shea ...
Doberman
Helen Ford ...
Emmy Swasey
Frank Fontaine ...
Mr. Hjalmer Johannson
Dennie Moore ...
Mrs. Bea Gingras
John Alexander ...
Mr. Perry
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Dan Chancellor
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Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married man and fixing her up with a nice radiologist. Of course things go wrong... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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LOVE GETS A SHOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!(original poster-all caps) See more »

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November 1951 (USA)  »

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Joanne Dru was considered for the role of Kitty Bennett. See more »

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Kitty Bennett: Oh, I didn't realize - you've got people in there, haven't you?
Mae Swasey: About 50-50.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Marriage Broker (1957) See more »

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Touching comedy trifle with Ritter in top form.

Thelma Ritter was one of our national treasures - a true original, both as an actress and a personality. She is in top form here in a starring role as a Dolly Levi-type matchmaker, only she does it professionally for a commission. She latches onto model, Jeanne Crain, who she sees as a daughter, and tries to effect a marriage between her and an x-ray technician. The plot doesn't always hold water, but it's marvelous to watch Ritter be both outrageously blunt and dramatically touching. There are marvelous comedy character bits delivered by the likes of Zero Mostel, Nancy Culp, Frank Fontaine, Jay C. Flippen and Helen Ford. The only fly in the ointment is Scott Brady as the x-ray technician. He is written and played as an over smooth, jealous, demanding, macho beast. We don't want him anywhere near either Crain or Ritter and it hurts the plot that he is considered to be a "catch." The excellent black and white costume design was deservedly Oscar nommed - it moves from the high fashion world to Ritter's funky combinations, including an ever present flowered hat, and ends with the desperate attempts of her shy and lonely customers to dress attractively. It's a nice little film. The cast and Ritter's personality make it very watchable.


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