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Just This Once (1952)

Passed | | Comedy | 31 July 1952 (Portugal)
Mark MacLene owes the IRS, the banks and others a lot of money. The problem is that his trust makes $1,000,000 a year, but he spends $150,000 every month. His trustee, Sam, uses the power ... See full summary »

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Lucy Duncan
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Mark MacLene IV
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Judge Samuel Coulter
Marilyn Erskine ...
Gertrude Crome
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Tom Winters
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Frank Pirosh
Hanley Stafford ...
Mr. Blackwell
Henry Slate ...
Jeff Parma
Jerry Hausner ...
Stanley Worth
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Herbert Engel
Charles Watts ...
Adam Backwith
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Mark MacLene owes the IRS, the banks and others a lot of money. The problem is that his trust makes $1,000,000 a year, but he spends $150,000 every month. His trustee, Sam, uses the power of attorney and the spend thrift clause to hire frugal Lucille Duncan to manage Mark's finances. Presented with thousands of dollars for gifts and charges from the night before, she immediately cancels his charge accounts and returns as many gifts as she can. Then she puts Mark on a allowance of $50 a week, which upsets him even more. To get rid of Lucy, Mark moves in with her and makes sure that her boyfriend Tom receives a huge raise. He thinks that Tom will now marry Lucy and he will be rid of her tight control. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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31 July 1952 (Portugal)  »

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Eine Falle für den Playboy  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mark MacLene IV: You have a first name?
Lucy Duncan: Lucille. My friends call me Lucy.
Mark MacLene IV: I'm your friend, Lucy!
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-- See a Peter Lawford Movie
3 November 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly strong romantic comedy starring Peter Lawford and Janet Leigh. At first they seem to be playing their stereotypical roles -- Lawford is immensely rich, and annoying: he spends too much, so his fund trustee -- played by the ever dependable Lewis Stone -- hires common, sensible, penny-pinching Janet Leigh to rope in his spending.

At first I thought this was going to be another of those unfunny, empty comedies that Don Weis directed Peter Lawford in in the early 1950s, but this is quite different. There is a tremendous amount of character exposition between the gags, flaws and strengths of character together to make this a highly enjoyable movie.


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