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Marriage on the Rocks (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 September 1965 (USA)
Ad-agency president Dan Edwards who, when he goes to Mexico to celebrate his nineteenth wedding anniversary, winds up getting divorced by mistake - whereupon his wife Valerie marries his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Edwards
Ernie Brewer
Miguel Santos
Jeannie MacPherson
Jim Blake
Shad Nathan
Tracy Edwards
Davey Davison ...
Lisa Sterling
Michel Petit ...
David Edwards (as Michael Petit)
Trini López ...
Darlene Lucht ...
Bunny (as Tara Ashton)
Miss Blight
Flip Mark ...


Ad-agency president Dan Edwards who, when he goes to Mexico to celebrate his nineteenth wedding anniversary, winds up getting divorced by mistake - whereupon his wife Valerie marries his best friend Ernie Brewer by mistake. Frank's future pop star daughter Nancy Sinatra has a featured role. Written by alfiehitchie

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24 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Community Property  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nancy Sinatra was nervous acting opposite father Frank for the very first time. But worse than that, she was in the midst of a devastating divorce from first husband 'Tommy Sands' while shooting the picture, later saying that it was a good time for all the fellas on the set but she herself was extremely troubled. See more »


Miss Blight: Mr. Brewer, our quota is 30 letters a day. We must make our quota.
Ernie Brewer: I know what we'll do Miss Blight. Why don't you write them and I'll just sign them.
Miss Blight: Oh, now, it won't take too long. My shorthand is 150 and my typing is 100.
Ernie Brewer: And Lola was 38-22-36.
Miss Blight: I beg pardon?
Ernie Brewer: I'm just dreaming. Just dreaming!
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Musical Comedy Material Without Music or Comedy
10 July 2010 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie stars Deborah Kerr, one of the greatest actresses in history. She was nominated for Academy Awards six times and should have been nominated a few more times. I just saw her in "Night of the Iguana," and I thought that was another performance she should have gotten an academy award nomination for. I have never seen her give a bad performance. She gives a charming and funny performance here, keeping the movie together. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are spotty, good in some scenes, not-so-good in others.Sinatra is mostly sleepwalking, with Martin occasionally giving some funny lines, but Sinatra doing one-take -- let me out of here,is it 5 o'clock yet -- readings.

This could have been a good movie. There are a couple of ways they could have gone with it. First, they could have turned it into a real musical. They already had two of the greatest singers of the time and Deborah Kerr who had starred in "The King and I". How hard would it have been to hire a couple of songwriters to knock out eight songs and get a choreographer to stage a few numbers. This would have added some energy to the slow,plot.

Okay, if they didn't want to turn is into a musical, they could have made it into a more realistic comedy. In the movie, Deborah is tired of her marriage to dull Frank and wants to marry swinging Dean. Fine, lets do it. Only in the movie, Deborah gets a fake divorce from Frank and a fake marriage to Dean. This is silly, not funny. In order for the movie to work, the divorce and marriage had to be real. This would, no doubt, have made Frank really sad, and not just pretend sad, as in the film, but that would have made us care about him. Because it is not a real divorce, and Frank and Deborah's marriage isn't really threatened, nor is Frank and Dean's friendship, there is no intensity to the film.

Divorce is a painful process. The filmmakers, and, I suspect, Frank Sinatra, didn't want any of that pain in the film. They just wanted a breezy comedy. Unfortunately, fake pain from a fake divorce does not equal comedy. Slipping on a banana peel is funny, faking slipping on a banana peel is not.

Most of the film is hit and miss. Joi Lansing as Dean's curvy secretary was funny. Having 21 year old Davey Davison as a Go-Go dancer lusting after 49 year old Frank was not.

You know the direction is not very good when you have Nancy Sinatra playing a scene as Frank Sinatra's daughter and you're convinced by the end of the scene that they have never met each before.

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