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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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Strange film, worth seeing 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)

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
Larry Buchanan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
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:
George Cukor recommended that star Aldo Ray go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player.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:
Mrs. Derringer:Oh, I didn't remember he had an 'F' in 'im.See more »
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Strange film, worth seeing, 16 September 2004
Author: alan-morton from UK

The dizzy title of this film might suggest a screwball comedy, but it's deceptive. Despite claims to the contrary, this is definitely not a screwball comedy. It starts with plenty of jokes and humorous moments, but among other things, the pacing is all wrong. Also, screwballs often involve moneyed folk with big houses and good accents, and these are working-class characters in a small and under-furnished apartment. Knocking a few drinks back is an amusing foible in screwballs: here it usually complicates the lives of the characters. Instead of driving places, they take the bus or feel guilty about spending money on cabs. Screwball couples may have a pet dog or a leopard in tow; how many of them have small children (as here) whose sleep is interrupted by the bitter arguments of their parents? This might even be called anti-screwball.

The unevenness of tone certainly disconcerted me the first time I saw it, and it has clearly worried several of the other people who've commented on the film. Though Judy Holliday is great (as usual), it helps an appreciation of the film if one does not expect a replay of Born Yesterday's raucous laughter or even the gentler-paced humour of Bells Are Ringing.

Scenes of the discordance and trials of married life are played for laughs, but with an increasingly harder edge until the comedy has very nearly been wrung out of the whole thing. Slowly, the humour departs from the story and we're left with a very watchable study of a marriage spiralling into crisis, even if the treatment does become rather soapy at times.

After several viewings of this strange film, I'm still not sure if I've enjoyed the experience, though I constantly feel that I've been watching something significant. I can't give it a score, as I really don't know how to estimate an accurate score. It's worth seeing, even if you don't expect to like it: that's the only way I can summarise it.

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