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Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986)

Katharine Hepburn as Mrs. Delafield, a widow who falls in love with her Jewish doctor - to her and his children's objection.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Delafield
Doreen Delafield
George Parker
Brenda Forbes ...
Gladys Parker
Charles Frank ...
Chipper Delafield
Dr. Marvin Elias
Suzanne Lederer ...
Shirley Elias
David Elias
Horton Delafield
Daphne Goldrick ...
Tom Heaton ...
Antony Holland ...
Reverend Brooks
Norma MacMillan ...
Miss Fry (as Norma Macmillan)


A well-to-do widow shocks her snobbish WASP family when she announces that she has fallen in love with her Jewish doctor. His family is equally devastated by the news leading both individuals to have to fight the prejudices of their families and of their narrow-minded neighbors. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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30 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alter schützt vor Liebe nicht  »

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Was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. The original wedding scene was to be filmed at St. Paul's Anglican church, but the church was deemed too fancy and filming proceeded at St Francis's. See more »

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Marvin and Margaret
3 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If Katharine Hepburn had never gone on to the stage and screen I think she would have been a whole lot like the Connecticut dowager Mrs. Delafield that she portrays here. And being the independent and outspoken woman she was I can see her shocking her Connecticut town with her choice of a second husband. In her still restricted Connecticut WASP enclave, a Jewish doctor.

A doctor played by Harold Gould who saved her life after a stroke and they find each other pleasant company. Now if they can convince their respective kids and there are seven of them between the two marriages all will be well.

Remarkably similar are the attitudes of both sets of children. It comes down to religious differences and what will the neighbors think. Gould's children are as prejudiced in their own way as Hepburn's who show that remnant of genteel anti-Semitism where gentleman's agreements still rule in some situations.

As this was a vehicle created for Katharine Hepburn how can she be less than perfect in it? She gets great support from Gould and the rest of the cast of whom Denholm Elliott must be singled out. He's a male Gladys Kravitz and has some great moments.

And if I were to get married I'd love to have an ecumenical wedding like Hepburn and Gould do.

A must for fans of the eternal Kate.

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