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I Married a Woman (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | March 1958 (USA)
Advertising executive Marshall Briggs finds his work in conflict with his love-life with fashion model Janice Blake.

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Marshall 'Mickey' Briggs
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Janice Blake Briggs / Miss Luxenburg
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Frederick W. Sutton
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Mrs. Blake - Janice's Mother
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Miss Anderson - Briggs' Secretary
William Redfield ...
Eddie Benson - Elevator Operator
Stephen Dunne ...
Bob Sanders (as Steve Dunne)
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Girard - Sutton's Lawyer
Steve Pendleton ...
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Marshall Briggs, of the Sutton Advertising Agency, is hard-pressed to come up with an idea to follow his successful "Miss Luxenberg" beauty contest for the Luxenberg Beer company. His original contest popularized Luxenberg Beer and led to his marriage to the winner, Janice Blake. Pushed by his boss, Frederick W. Sutton, to come up with a new idea, Marshall has neglected his wife, and his mother-in-law is suggesting to her daughter that her husband is running around on her. Meanwhile, Janice learns that she is pregnant. Marshall decides that since Janice is no longer "Miss Luxenberg" but "Mrs. Luxenberg" a great idea would be to round up all the former winners, who have married, and have a "Mrs. Luxenberg" contest. Running the idea up the old flagpole (per 1950s Madison Avenue advertising custom) reveals that the last winner is pregnant and most of the former winners have gotten fat drinking Luxenberg Beer. But the contest has already been launched. Marshall's gray-flannel suit is in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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What happens to the MOUSE when the CHEESECAKE bites back? (original poster)

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Filmed between mid-July and late August 1956, the movie's run in Los Angeles began on May 14, 1958. See more »

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It looks like George Goebel's character doesn't wear a wedding ring during the whole movie. See more »

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Screen Wife: Oh, Leonard, I'm so happy it frightens me.
Leonard: Frightens you? Nonsense!
Screen Wife: Even after five years, it seems as if we're still on our honeymoon.
Leonard: Our honeymoon will go on forever, and forever, and forever.
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Great cast in cute story with clever uses of color

When the biggest name in Hollywood gets a pivotal role, but is unbilled, there is something unusual happening.

It gives away nothing to mention that the great John Wayne plays John Wayne in a movie within the movie, and his movie is color within the black-and-white "I Married A Woman."

The other surprise, to me, was the ability demonstrated by George Gobel. I had seen some of his TV shows in some of my TV history classes, and never had the slightest suspicion he was a talented actor as well as variety show host. He's also a very nice-looking guy, even if shorter than his leading lady.

In "I Married A Woman" (and what a woman: the gorgeous Diana Dors!), Gobel reminds me a lot of Harry Langdon as the rather hapless and put-upon husband and advertising agency executive.

The Duke shows up rather early when the married couple take in a movie, "Forever and Forever and Forever," which would have been a really interesting role for Wayne.

That marvelous actor Adolphe Menjou is the ad company boss and is, of course, superb, a delight as always.

William Redfield shows strength in a nicely written part of elevator operator and law student. He is so great in this role, I don't understand why he didn't become a big star.

Several other major talents and some recognizable faces round out a very capable cast, few of whom are household names today.

The directing could have been tighter, but there are no major gaffes or holes; the script was well-enough written, as one would expect from Goodman Ace, but probably can't be considered one of the 100 greatest.

Still, "I Married A Woman" is fun and surprising and it has some beauty and warmth. It played on Turner Classic Movies on 18 June 2015. Next time it's presented, I hope you can see it.


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