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Dream Wife (1953)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  19 June 1953 (USA)
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Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Clemson Reade
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Effie
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Walter McBride
Betta St. John ...
Tarji
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Khan of Bukistan
Buddy Baer ...
Vizier
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Ken Landwell
Donald Randolph ...
Ali
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Charlie Elkwood
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Henry Malvine
Dan Tobin ...
Mr. Brown
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Rima
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Mrs. Jean Landwell
June Clayworth ...
Mrs. May Elkwood
Dean Miller ...
George
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Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji's father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding. Effie! Written by Debbie Dunlap <dwdunlap@erols.com>

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M-G-M's HILARIOUS HIT! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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19 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Dream Wife  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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First of three movies that paired Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie, in the scene where the Khan and Effie converse sitting on his sofa, the vizier announces that the Khan's daughter has returned. The Khan dismisses him, saying, "Ms. Barshi can wait". The correct name of his daughter is Tarji. See more »

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Clemson Reade: [as they walk toward the altar for their wedding] What can you expect from a woman? You're weak, helpless, and nothing but trouble. And that goes for all of you. Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote about slaves, didn't she? Well, it sure takes one to know one.
Tarji: She great woman. She write Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Clemson Reade: Susan B. Anthony...
Tarji: Susan B. Anthony fight for woman's vote. And that not all. Carry Country...
Clemson Reade: Carry Nation!
Tarji: Carry Nation.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 August 1953 (1953) See more »

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Tarjis Song
By Charles Wolcott and Jamshid Sheibani
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Could have been so much better- and that's worse than a bad movie.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are a wonderful couple. Throwing each other line after line with Grant's usual and very his -facial expressions. The dinner scene between the two in the beginning is a blast. The whole beginning is great, funny, very promising, but it's obvious where it's going plot-wise, and with the plot the movie flops. The funny scenes become scarce, predictable and I just waited for it to end. Walter Pidgeon must be one of the best supporting actors ever. Catch the first 30 minutes or so than stop watching, or just pass. Nice idea that went wrong.

PS How that "Dream wife" of his learns English so quickly is absolutely amazing! She does speak with a few mistakes, of course.


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