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Slightly Married (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 October 1932 (USA)
Mary Smith is picked up by the police and is about to be sentenced, in night court, to jail for vagrancy. But a stranger, Jimmie Martin, stands up and tells the judge that Mary was waiting ... See full summary »

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Mary Smith
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Nellie Gordon
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Jack Haines
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Mary Smith is picked up by the police and is about to be sentenced, in night court, to jail for vagrancy. But a stranger, Jimmie Martin, stands up and tells the judge that Mary was waiting for him and they were going to be married. A minister stands up and offers to perform the ceremony. Mary is appreciative to her 'new' husband for saving her from jail, but she sees him as a rich playboy who got drunk and decided to be gallant. She gives him instructions to move on, but he persists on taking care of his wife. And about the time she has decided that she loves him, his parents show up with lots of objections. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A snappy full-length comedy-romance! (original poster)

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Comedy | Romance

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15 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Strange Marriage  »

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Slightly worth seeing
16 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Strange Marriage" (1932): Also known as "Slightly Married", this movie will surprise most viewers with ribald language and situations they would not normally expect in a movie made way back in 1932. These days, of course, it's rather tame and would cause nary a ripple. Anyway, the unmarried mother is played by the skinniest mother in movie history, an extremely famished young lady with extraordinarily thin arms, cheeks, legs and body. I hate to think what she looked like in real life, because the camera, as we all know, tends to make women look dumpy and men look thin. Why it does this, has never been satisfactorily explained. Anyway, the name of this scarecrow is Evalyn Knapp and I'll certainly be giving all 69 of her movies a wide berth in the future, even though her acting was most convincing. She plays a dopey-minded actress who succeeds in making a whole lot of trouble for herself on account of her extraordinary stupidity from first to last. My contender for the dumbest and dopiest movie broad of all time.

True, the other characters, headed by Walter Byron and Marie Provost are only about ten degrees less stupid. Lloyd Ingraham is the dope of a judge, but this is par for the course. Offhand, I can't name a single non-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie in which a judge was not portrayed as a halfwit.

Despite its bottom-of-the-barrel feel, production values are not bad. The photography is routinely competent and sometimes even indulgent to all the players except Miss Knapp. Even when they are in the same shot as Miss Knapp, both the men and women still look at least reasonably attractive. And Miss Knapp does perform another engaging service. She takes our attention away from the plot. While the film is running, it all seems reasonably realistic, except for two or three plot turns which do come across as rather strained. It's not until we read the synopsis on Alpha's good-quality DVD that we wonder how on earth we swallowed all this ridiculous plotting, let alone stayed with it from beginning to end!


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