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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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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Dwight Taylor (adaptation)
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Release Date:
17 December 1952 (France) See more »
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Plot:
In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A lot of fun--and I sure wish Hollywood had made more films like it. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
According to a November 25, 1951 New York Times article, the picture was going to feature the stories of seven married couples, although the released film has only five. A March 1952 studio synopsis, contained in the PCA file, reveals that Hope Emerson and Walter Brennan were the stars of one of the dropped episodes, in which "Mattie Beaufort" (Emerson) an over-worked, rural housewife is courted by "Handsome" (Brennan), a shiftless philanderer. When Mattie receives the governor's letter notifying her of her marital status, she asks Handsome to read it for her, and he quickly feeds it to the hogs rather than have her learn that she would be free to marry him. A July 25, 1952 entry in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column indicates that the sequence was filmed, but the reason for its removal from the finished picture has not been determined.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Zsa Zsa Gabor is laughing hysterically at how much money she is going to take her husband for, the abrupt cut shows her sullen for about ten seconds before she starts to laugh again.See more »
Quotes:
Willie's Sergeant:If you ain't married when a kid is born, it's a foul ball.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz from 'Coppelia'See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A lot of fun--and I sure wish Hollywood had made more films like it., 9 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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