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Helen Deutsch (written by)
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Release Date:
9 February 1956 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The ultimate bug spray See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lucille Ball ... Susan Vega

Desi Arnaz ... Lorenzo Xavier Vega

James Mason ... The Guardian Angel

Louis Calhern ... Charles Y. Bewell
John Emery ... Dr. Edward R. Winter

John Hoyt ... Bill Finlay

Natalie Schafer ... Millie Opdyke
Mabel Albertson ... Society Reporter
Ralph Dumke ... Henry Opdyke

Nancy Kulp ... Amy, the Maid

Willis Bouchey ... Mr. Oliver Clinton (as Willis B. Bouchey)
Ruth Brady ... Laura
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Audrey Betz ... Woman in Hall (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man in Movie Audience (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter at Reception (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Wedding Guest / Dance Extra (uncredited)
Marilyn Maxwell ... Leading Lady, Jungle Film within a Film (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest / Dance Extra (uncredited)
Hazel Pierce ... Woman in Hall (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (written by)

Produced by
Desi Arnaz .... producer
Jerry Thorpe .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein 
 
Film Editing by
Dann Cahn 
Bud Molin 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert M. Pyke 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist (as Don Roberson)
Jack H. Young .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elois Jenssen .... gowns: Lucille Ball (as Elois Jensson)
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Gus Bivona .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min | 91 min (TCM print)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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In crafting the film's background music, Bronislau Kaper returned to his Oscar-winning Dramatic Score for Lili (1953), took the "Adoration" theme from Leslie Caron's first dream-dance sequence (of two scenes choreographed by Charles Walters), and then Mr. Kaper interpolated the melody in this later picture. Johnny Green and His Orchestra, for MGM Records, waxed the Kaper lilt under the title "Confetti."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1 min) Desi Arnez comes home from work and pauses by a table and lamp to clandestinely listen to his wife and a couple invited to dinner before announcing that he is home. A few minutes later, a front shot of Desi reveals an open, wrought iron partition with a clear view of the front door and table that he was standing by, indicating his presence would have been evident from the moment he entered the house.See more »
Quotes:
Lorenzo Xavier Vega:Millie is a load of hay, a breed of cat that's dyin', and deserves to die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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The ultimate bug spray, 11 February 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Forever Darling was one of the attempts to make Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, arguably the hottest show business couple at the time this came out to make a jump to the big screen as a comedy team. It was mildly amusing, like a long episode of I Love Lucy.

The passion's just kind of gone out of the marriage of Lucy and Desi, sadly as it was in real life. She's a socialite and he's a scientist and that was the part of the film that I had the most trouble swallowing.

So after one boring evening once too often with Lucy's idiot cousin Natalie Schaefer and husband Ralph Dumke, Desi's ready to call it quits. But Lucy's guardian angel who appears in the form of her favorite movie star James Mason advises that she take more of an interest in Desi's work as a scientist. He's looking for the ultimate bug spray.

Lucy's not an outdoor girl, but she goes on a camping trip with Desi and that last third of the film is just one I Love Lucy episode. The inflatable rubber raft truly gets the better of both of them.

As for Mason he has an extended sequence when Lucy and Desi are watching a film that stars James Mason and Lucy in a blond wig. Mason satirizes himself rather nicely. For the rest of the film he looks somewhat uncomfortable.

Fans of Lucille Ball and they sure are legion in the part of the country I reside in which is Western New York state should be pleased with Forever Darling. But three episodes of I Love Lucy will satisfy your craving better.

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