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No Room for the Groom (1952)

Alvah, a young GI who happens to own a vineyard, elopes to Las Vegas with Lee, his housekeeper's daughter. But Alvah's chicken pox postpone the wedding night. The rest revolves around more ... See full summary »

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Alvah, a young GI who happens to own a vineyard, elopes to Las Vegas with Lee, his housekeeper's daughter. But Alvah's chicken pox postpone the wedding night. The rest revolves around more delays to the consummation, caused by Lee's manipulative Mama and the flock of mostly obnoxious relatives with whom she's filled the house. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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All that mom does not allow
20 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Some people are going to dismiss "No room for the groom" because it 's not Sirkesque,that is to say it's not the flamboyant melodrama they are used to.However,if you read between the lines ,you'll notice how Sirk is present even in the funny scenes (although the chicken pox is a bad idea,unworthy of him).His attack against selfish people whose materialism knows no bounds is the same we find in "all that Heaven allows" (1956).His hero portrayed by Tony Curtis is a distant relative of the gardener in "Heaven" ;both are afraid of "modern" life ,both are misfits ,the former in his bride's family,the latter in the bunch of snobs at Sarah's cocktail party.Sometimes the lines turn dramatic as Alvah says to the over possessive mother that he too cares for his country and he may die for them :had Sirk made this movie five years later,it could have been a darkly humorous spoof on "a time to love and a time to die" (1958) Alvah is a Capraesque character:he is a generous gent,and generous gentle naive people are preys for evil people who love to pretend they are mad to satisfy their dirty deeds.

The mom-in-law dreams of a rich marriage for her only daughter,a subject which will be also present in Sirk's follow-up ," has anybody seen my gal?" .Both movies display Capra's influence and both prove that money can't buy happiness ...or love.

Piper Laurie and Tony Curtis are good-looking newly-weds longing for an impossible honeymoon.

A great Sirk?Certainly not!But not the dud lots of people talk about either!


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