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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 »
It looks like George Goebel's character doesn't wear a wedding ring during the whole movie. See more »
Oh, Leonard, I'm so happy it frightens me.
Frightens you? Nonsense!
Even after five years, it seems as if we're still on our honeymoon.
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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