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The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | November 1951 (USA)
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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Matt Hornbeck
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George Wixted
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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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Joanne Dru was considered for the role of Kitty Bennett. See more »

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Mae Swasey: What's wrong with a pass now and then? It's good for your morale.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Marriage Broker (1957) See more »

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Cukor at his best
6 October 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Model and the Marriage Broker was one of those delightful light comedies that Twentieth Century Fox (and Columbia) did so well in the early '50s. It was released here in Australia as a supporting feature. I saw it then and it's never been seen here since then, sadly, so I'm relying on memory. It's hard to imagine anyone else but Thelma Ritter as the matchmaker, Jeanne Crain was gorgeous and suitably aloof as the model, and Scott Brady was just right as the wolf. George Cukor's direction was flawless: handling sensitive issues without becoming mawkish or cruel, and totally un-self-conscious. It ranks equally with his 'The Marrying Kind' and slightly above his 'It Should Happen to You' (aka 'A Name For Herself'), both made with Judy Holliday at Columbia about the same time. I still remember the classic line delivered by Thelma (as only she could) when she tries to persuade a sad-sack male client to take an interest in the plain-Jane character played by Nancy Kulp: "She's a real live-wire - low voltage, but steady."


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