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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
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Matt Hornbeck
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Mae Swasey
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George Wixted
Michael O'Shea ...
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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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"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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Mrs. Bea Gingras: She's so lonely, even though she ought to be used to it by now.
Mae Swasey: Don't kid yourself. You can get used to being poor, guess even blind. You never get used to being lonely.
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a love song to thelma
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thelma Ritter was a national treasure. She could combine humor and pathos, and the warmth beneath the crusty exterior was always in evidence. Her presence in any film was always one of the high points, but this one is totally hers; she probably has in it the most screen time of any film she was in and, but for the vagaries of Hollywood, should have been first-billed in the credits. She brings great compassion to the character of Mae, who has endured a great loss and as a result has found herself in a business whose goal is to help others.

Under Cukor's sensitive direction, a wonderful script is brought to life (and, in view of his purported concerns about his physical appearance, one wonders if the script's allusions to the lonely and less-than-beautiful people of the world had a particular resonance for him). Dennie Moore, who had played the saucy maid in Cukor's "Sylvia Scarlett" 16 years earlier, shows up and is again a delight.


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