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We're Not Married! -- When a justice-of-the-peace discovers that his license is invalid, he realizes that the marriages he has performed are not legally binding; he decides to track the couples down and tell them the news so that they may renew their vows...
We're Not Married! -- Trailer for this comedy about a man who marries couples without the authority to do so


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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Dwight Taylor (adaptation)
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Release Date:
17 December 1952 (France) See more »
In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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How Many People Get A Do Over In Marriage? See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Ramona Gladwyn

Fred Allen ... Steven S. 'Steve' Gladwyn
Victor Moore ... Justice of the Peace Melvin Bush

Marilyn Monroe ... Annabel Jones Norris

David Wayne ... Jeff Norris

Eve Arden ... Katie Woodruff

Paul Douglas ... Hector C. Woodruff

Eddie Bracken ... Wilson Boswell 'Willie' Fisher

Mitzi Gaynor ... Patricia 'Patsy' Reynolds Fisher

Louis Calhern ... Frederick C. 'Freddie' Melrose

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Eve Melrose (as ZsaZsa Gabor)

James Gleason ... Duffy

Paul Stewart ... Attorney Stone

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Bush
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marvelle Andre ... State Capitol Secretary (uncredited)
Harry Antrim ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Jean Bartel ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Carol Brewster ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Det. Magnus (uncredited)
June Bright ... Secretary (uncredited)

Paul Brinegar ... Beauty Contest Spectator (uncredited)
Douglas Brooks ... (uncredited)
Phyllis Brunner ... Wife (uncredited)
Richard Buckley ... Mr. H.D. Graves (uncredited)
James Burke ... Willie's Sergeant (uncredited)
Barbara Carroll ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Hotel Staffer (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Radio Station Organist (uncredited)
John Close ... Major (uncredited)
Dick Cogan ... Telegraph Agent (uncredited)
Walter Craig ... (uncredited)
Luther Crockett ... Minister (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Dane ... Military Policeman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Davidson ... Best man at wedding (uncredited)
Ralph Dumke ... Twitchell (uncredited)
Kay English ... Wife (uncredited)
Henry Faber ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Eddie Firestone ... Man in Radio Station (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Marriage License Bureau Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Golder ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Alvin Greenman ... Radio Station Sound Effects Man (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Beauty Contest Spectator (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... Lead Christmas Caroler (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Officer Vic (uncredited)
Ruth Hall ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Eden Hartford ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Dr. Ned (uncredited)
Marjorie Holliday ... Secretary (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Chaplain Hall (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Radio Station Prop Man (uncredited)
Meredith Leeds ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Irene on Radio (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Norris Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Soldier (uncredited)

Lee Marvin ... Pinky (uncredited)
Edwin Max ... Lunchroom Counterman (uncredited)
Winifred McPhie ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Emile Meyer ... Beauty Contest Announcer (uncredited)
Jerry Miley ... Station master (uncredited)
Christopher Milne ... Bitsy Norris (uncredited)
Jonathan Milne ... Bitsy Norris (uncredited)
Diana Mumby ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Governor of Mississippi (uncredited)
Noreen Nash ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Woman in Radio Station (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Governor's Secretary (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Groom (uncredited)
Tom Powers ... Atty. Gen. Frank Bush (uncredited)
Steve Pritko ... Military Policeman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Brig Guard (uncredited)
Mavis Russell ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Larry Stamps ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Helene Stanley ... Mary (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Wife (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... M.P. (uncredited)
Victor Sutherland ... Gov. Bush (uncredited)
Gloria Talbott ... Girl in Hector's Daydream (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Minister (uncredited)
George Wallace ... Shore Patrolman (uncredited)
Maude Wallace ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Marjorie Weaver ... Ruthie (uncredited)

O.Z. Whitehead ... Jeff's Postman (uncredited)
June Wurster ... Girl iin Hector's Daydream (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

Dwight Taylor (adaptation)

Gina Kaus (story) and
Jay Dratler (story)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter  (as Claude Carpenter)
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Elois Jenssen 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gene Bryant .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerald Braun .... assistant director (uncredited)
Eli Dunn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Helmick .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Jowitt .... dialogue director (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies .... montage director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Belgium:16 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #15704)

Did You Know?

A sixth sequence, featuring Walter Brennan and Hope Emerson as a backwoods couple was filmed but deleted prior to release. The footage still survives of this sequence.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the Gladwyns are shown in the back seat of their car being driven to the studio, it's supposed to be raining heavily outside, but the cars seen in the rear projection are not using their windshield wipers.See more »
Willie's Sergeant:If you ain't married when a kid is born, it's a foul ball.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Wedding MarchSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
How Many People Get A Do Over In Marriage?, 19 October 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When Justice of the Peace Victor Moore learns that he jumped the gun in marrying traveling elopers passing through his state it causes great consternation in the lives of five random couples across the USA who discover that We're Not Married. In discussing the matter with the wife played by Jane Darwell he actually comes out with the clever notion that if these folks made a mistake they're getting a second chance at marriage without going through the pangs of divorce.

We're Not Married chronicles the lives of these five couples when they learn of the rush to marry mistake caused by Moore when he married them before his commission took effect. Usually the story that gets the most critical acclaim is the one involving Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers who play a nationally broadcast happily married radio couple. That's for public consumption actually these two bicker about everything. Screenwiter Nunnally Johnson was at his satiric best when he spoofed such radio personalities as Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenberg who did just that kind of broadcast perpetually hawking their sponsor's products.

The others are pretty good too. David Wayne and Marilyn Monroe have an unusual arrangement where she goes out and wins beauty contests and he stays home taking care of the kid. The non-marriage throws them for a while as she as just won the Mrs. Mississippi contest, but they make lemonade out of the lemon.

Eddie Bracken and Mitzi Gaynor have a more serious problem, he's a soldier with orders for Korea, she's in a family way. It takes quite a lot to get that situation resolved and not an entirely happy ending for Bracken.

The weakest episode by far is Paul Douglas and Eve Arden. I was surprised that Arden who usually gets some of the best lines in her films is strangely muted by the script. They play a couple who has settled into boredom and the episode was the most boring of the bunch.

But my favorite is Louis Calhern and Zsa Zsa Gabor. He's an oil millionaire with a gold digging wife who has a bottom feeding lawyer in Paul Stewart. What happens to Zsa Zsa and Stewart is classic.

The idea of a marriage suddenly not being legal was tried out in one of Alfred Hitchcock's few comedies Mr.&Mrs. Smith with Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard being the suddenly unmarried couple. We're Not Married increases the idea by a factor of five. I wouldn't say this film is five times better than Hitchcock's, but it's still very good and done by people more at home in the genre.

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