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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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Margaret Delafield
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Doreen Delafield
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George Parker
Brenda Forbes ...
Gladys Parker
Charles Frank ...
Chipper Delafield
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Dr. Marvin Elias
Suzanne Lederer ...
Shirley Elias
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David Elias
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Horton Delafield
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Sarah
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Frieda
Daphne Goldrick ...
Karen
Tom Heaton ...
Harrison
Antony Holland ...
Reverend Brooks
Norma MacMillan ...
Miss Fry (as Norma Macmillan)
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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)  »

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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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"Mrs. Delafield" : Almost Unlike a TV Movie
9 September 2006 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

I'll clear up two things before I review,Katharine Hepburn made 8 movies for TV and this was her fourth. I said,"Man Upstairs" was the best of her latter day TV films (I meant her final four). I also said,"Iron Petticoat" was the last movie I needed to complete seeing all of her movies (I meant one's from the big studios).

"Mrs. Delafield Wants To Marry" is out of her first four TV movies the best and certainly most memorable and like "Iron Petticoat" I won it off of Ebay. This is not some fluff piece about two older people who meet,fall in love and get married. No,this is a story about second chances in late life,prejudice,ignorance,hypocrisy and even faith.

Briefly,Mrs. Delafield has a near miss after being rushed to the hospital. Her family and friends prepare for the worst but thanks to her doctor,she recovers. (Some of her offspring are not exactly happy about that,for very selfish reasons.)

Harold Gould is the doctor and he brings her home and joins the gathering to welcome her home. This is the simple beginning of their unexpected romance. The neighbors and family are shocked at his constantly coming to see her.

Not just because of the age thing but they dislike the fact that he's Jewish! David Ogeden Stires & Charles Frank (both of MASH)are Delafield's sons who show their prejudices without shame. Her daughter is an alcoholic who has the nerve to judge her own mother. The good doctors children are no better,thinking he's turned his back on his "people". Past the middle of this movie,you'll be rooting for these two to make it to the alter!

There's not just humor here but good simple drama and honesty. For a TV outing,it's message is a very strong one and you have to watch until the end to see if there's a happily ever after or not. Ten stars ladies & gentleman! I can't say more than that,although I certainly could. (END)


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