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Director:
Writers:
Ruth Gordon (written by) and
Garson Kanin (written by)
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Release Date:
February 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"Shaddup!"
Plot:
Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Gutsy but Schizophrenic See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Holliday ... Florrie Keefer

Aldo Ray ... Chet Keefer
Madge Kennedy ... Judge Anne B. Carroll
Sheila Bond ... Joan Shipley
John Alexander ... Howard Shipley
Rex Williams ... George Bastian
Phyllis Povah ... Mrs. Derringer
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Pat Bundy
Griff Barnett ... Charley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wallace Acton ... Newhouse (uncredited)
Shirlee Allard ... (uncredited)
George Auld ... Spec (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Benny (uncredited)
Charles Brewer ... Musician (uncredited)

Charles Bronson ... Eddie (uncredited)
Vera Burnett ... (uncredited)
Patrick Butler ... Boy (uncredited)
Peggy Cass ... Emily Bundy (uncredited)
Mary Chamberlin ... Leona (uncredited)
Barry Curtis ... Joey Keefer (age 6) (uncredited)
Alexis Davidoff ... (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Clint Dorrington ... (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Minister (uncredited)
Bob Evans ... (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Cliff (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Quinn (uncredited)
Kathleen Field ... (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Susan Hallaran ... Ellen Keefer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Passerby in Nightmare (uncredited)
Robert Hartley ... Musician (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Mr. Jenner (uncredited)
Elsie Holmes ... Marian (uncredited)
Gordon Jones ... Steve (uncredited)
Johnnie Kiado ... Musician (uncredited)
Terry Kingston ... (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... (uncredited)

Nancy Kulp ... Edie (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Picnicker (uncredited)
Raymond Largay ... Postmaster General (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... (uncredited)
James MacColl ... Man in Subway (uncredited)
Don Mahin ... Roy (uncredited)
Alan Marston ... (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Beverly Michaels ... Blonde on Life Cover (uncredited)
Malan Mills ... Charlotte (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Party Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Plant Worker (uncredited)
Christopher Olsen ... Joey Keefer (age 4) (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... (uncredited)
Margaret Roberts ... (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest / Man at Airport (uncredited)
Joan Shawlee ... Tall Party Dancer / Woman at Airport (uncredited)
John Sheffield ... (uncredited)
Ray Stricklyn ... Extra (uncredited)
Ethel Sway ... (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Butler / Party Waiter (uncredited)
Harry von Zell ... Radio Quiz Show Host (voice) (uncredited)
Peggy Walker ... Gloria (uncredited)
Jean Wardley ... Peggy (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Gordon (written by) and
Garson Kanin (written by)

Produced by
Bert Granet .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
John Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Bellamy .... assistant director
Harry Horner .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound (as Jack Goodrich)
 
Stunts
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
For the memorable 4th of July picnic flashback, George Cukor relied for inspiration on a production of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard".See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: At one point, Mickey Shaughnessy's character refers to his address as being "20-11 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights." Actually, that address would be in Long Island City.See more »
Quotes:
Chet Keefer:I'm not crazy! You may be driving me, but I'm not there yet!See more »
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Soundtrack:
That Old Black MagicSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Gutsy but Schizophrenic, 19 June 2012
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

The story follows a young couple through courtship, honeymoon, parenthood and breakup.

The movie looks like a worthy experiment that doesn't quite work. The problem—as others point out—lies with the abrupt change of tone in the movie's middle that causes a radical re-adjustment on the viewer's part. To that point, the style is generally charming and light-hearted, appropriate to the couple's courtship and honeymoon period. I love the way each remembers the past the way he or she wants it to be, while the camera in flashback shows quite the opposite. It's pretty funny. This early part also provides Holliday with opportunity to show off her inimitable comedic style.

But then the tone goes deadly serious, befitting, I guess, the tragedy and troubles that enter the Keefers' life, eventually leading to a breakup. Note in this half how much of the staging has the couple in various stages of unglamorous undress while yelling at one another. Clearly, the idea is to show the other non-cute, deglamorized side of marriage that old Hollywood in its preoccupation with escapism didn't often show. In that sense, the movie's a rather daring stab, for its time, at marital reality.

The trouble, however, is that the two halves clash with one another in both style and content, creating the impression of two movies instead of one. I wish director Cukor had tried shaping the second-half material to the entertaining style of the first half. That might have worked, given his legendary level of expertise. But the way things stand, not even Holliday's talent can paper over the mis-match. Also, I noticed that the actress's comic book voice, so well adapted to comedy, becomes shrill and annoying in the heated exchanges with movie husband Ray. From that standpoint, she was wise to stick to laughs in what remained of her tragically short career.

This is not to say the movie's without compensations. It certainly has its funny moments, while actor Ray's boyish appeal looks just right for an engaging average guy. However, the central problem remains, despite the talent and gutsy stab at reality.

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