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We're Not Married! (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 December 1952 (France)
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In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.



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Complete credited cast:
Steven S. 'Steve' Gladwyn
Justice of the Peace Melvin Bush
Katie Woodruff
Hector C. Woodruff
Frederick C. 'Freddie' Melrose
Eve Melrose (as ZsaZsa Gabor)
Attorney Stone
Mrs. Bush


A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before his license was valid. A few years later five couples learn they have never been legally married. Annabel Norris, already Mrs. Mississippi and ready to enter the Mrs. America contest, is now free to enter the Miss Mississippi contest. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

17 December 1952 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Wir sind gar nicht verheiratet  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The archive background footage showing New York City's Broadway at night is vintage May-June 1935, judging from the film titles prominently displayed on various theatre marquees. See more »


It's supposed to be June of 1951, but the wall calendar at the doctor's office in Port City has 31 days and begins on a Thursday. The only month in 1951 that fits those criteria is March. See more »


Willie's Sergeant: If you ain't married when a kid is born, it's a foul ball.
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The First Noel
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A lot of fun--and I sure wish Hollywood had made more films like it.
9 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

WE'RE NOT MARRIED was a terrific film--highly enjoyable and in a format very reminiscent of a great old film, IF I HAD A MILLION (1932). Both stories have many small stories that are all connected by a common theme. In MILLION, a variety of strangers are given a million dollars and the impact of this on their lives is explored. Here in WE'RE NOT MARRIED, the theme is that six marriages turn out NOT to be legal! It seems that the justice of the peace jumped the gun and married these couples just before his license took effect! You hear about the first case they discovered and then the rest of the film follows the remaining five couples. Most of the stories are comical and even the more serious ones still have a funny twist.

Each story is excellent, though probably the weakest of these is the one, unfortunately, that gets the most attention when you look up the title on IMDb. This is because it happens to co-star Marilyn Monroe. While she is just fine in the film, she really has little to do other than to look pretty and her role is one of the smaller ones in the film--so naturally publicity department guys plastered her all over posters and video cases!! In fact, no one star dominated in the film--it was truly a group effort. And, fortunately, none of the stories were poor and a few were simply terrific (especially the Louis Calhern/Zsa Zsa Gabor one as well as the Eddie Bracken/Mitzi Gaynor ones).

By the way, one of the other better skits has an interesting story. The Fred Allen/Ginger Rogers story is quite good, but Fred ALSO used this bit on the radio and made it a good bit funnier. Along with Tallulah Bankhead, Fred did the same sappy and commercial ridden bit on the radio. Then, he did the same bit again with Tallulah assuming the couple were having a really, really bad day. They slap the kid and call her names, they shoot the canary and have a thoroughly miserable morning. Having this story end this way in the film would have been great, but instead a more conventional ending was used. And by the way, I am NOT old enough to remember this radio bit--but I heard it on a record album a while back featuring great radio bits.

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