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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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Kitty Bennett
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Matt Hornbeck
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Mae Swasey
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George Wixted
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Helen Ford ...
Emmy Swasey
Frank Fontaine ...
Mr. Hjalmer Johannson
Dennie Moore ...
Mrs. Bea Gingras
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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 6, 1952 with Jeanne Crain and Thelma Ritter reprising their film roles. 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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Sassy comedy has Thelma Ritter in rare leading role...
30 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Whatever merit THE MODEL AND THE MARRIAGE BROKER has is due entirely to the caustic, funny performance of Thelma Ritter as Mae, the lady with the New York accent who went into the broker business to make other ladies happy (after her own unhappy romantic past).

And it's a good thing Thelma carries the film, with the expert help of a few very good character roles--one in particular being MICHAEL O'SHEA, as a card-playing friend prone to giving her advice. SCOTT BRADY does a nice job as an eligible bachelor who shares some good scenes with Ritter and JEANNE CRAIN.

But Jeanne Crain is the problem. She looks so cool and detached as the unhappy model that it throws the comedy aspects a little off focus. She seems to be walking through her part instead of conveying any real emotion.

Still, a worthwhile little gem strictly because of Thelma Ritter. She's finally got a leading role and she runs away with it.

Nicely directed at a brisk pace by George Cukor.


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