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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 »

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Effie
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Walter McBride
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Tarji
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Khan of Bukistan
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Vizier
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Ken Landwell
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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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19 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where Effie is served Arak by the Khan, she is informed that it is a wine made from rice. In fact, Arak is an liquorice-flavored liquor made from distilled late-harvest grapes mixed with aniseed. See more »

Quotes

Clemson Reade: Oh, I didn't mean that. What you are doing *is* important.
Effie: But not as important as cooking your breakfast. You don't need me for that. You can buy it for a dollar an hour. We've been emancipated, Mr. Reade. Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony?
Clemson Reade: Can she cook?
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Featured in American Masters: Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) 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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