6.0/10
1,315
15 user 9 critic

Dream Wife (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 June 1953 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fairly well-to-do family takes in 2 troubled orphans since no one else will take them.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Anabel Sims is determined to find the perfect husband. She thinks she's found her man in Madison Brown, a handsome pediatrician. She then prepares an elaborate scheme to trap him into marriage.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Franchot Tone
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a four day leave in San Francisco. They procure a posh suite at the hotel and Commander Crewson, a master of procurement, arranges to populate it with ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Leif Erickson
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple
In Name Only (1939)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis
Indiscreet (1958)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anna Kalman is a London based actress. She has been unable to find love in her life. The reason why she came home early from a vacation to Majorca fits into that theme, as the man she met ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Cecil Parker
Crisis (1950)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation. When they make the decision to return to New... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Cary Grant, José Ferrer, Paula Raymond
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Effie
...
Walter McBride
...
Tarji
...
Khan of Bukistan
...
Vizier
...
Ken Landwell
Donald Randolph ...
Ali
...
Charlie Elkwood
...
Henry Malvine
Dan Tobin ...
Mr. Brown
...
Rima
...
Mrs. Jean Landwell
...
Mrs. May Elkwood
Dean Miller ...
George
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Du und keine andere  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After making this film Cary Grant announced his retirement from acting in February 1953. However, 18 months later he agreed to return to acting in To Catch a Thief (1955). See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, from shot to shot, there is complete lack of consistency as to which leg Cary Grant has crossed over the other. See more »

Quotes

Effie: [Pointing at a globe] Here is Bukistan.
Clemson Reade: [mumbling] Oh, I know, I have been there.
Effie: Here is the United States.
Clemson Reade: [mumbling] Yes, yes, I have been there too.
Effie: We have just *one* thing in common. Oil! Every plan we make for peace or war depends on that oil.
Clemson Reade: 'That so?
Effie: I don't have to tell you what happened in Iran. Half the free world had to learn how to pronounce the name Mosadegh.
Clemson Reade: I still can't.
Effie: The same thing is happening again, only this time there will a lot of new names to learn. And the only way to...
See more »

Connections

Featured in American Masters: Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghi Ti, Ghi Ti, Ghi Ti
By Charles Wolcott and Jamshid Sheibani
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


28 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?