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Made for Each Other (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 February 1939 (USA)
While on a business trip, an ambitious young lawyer meets and immediately falls in love with a stranger. They wed the following day, and tragedy soon strikes.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Rose Franken (suggested by a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Jane Mason
James Stewart ... John Horace Mason
Charles Coburn ... Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Harriet Mason
Eddie Quillan ... Conway
Alma Kruger ... Sister Madeline
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Storyline

Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage. Lawyer thinks everything will be fine as he moves up the ladder of the law firm. He doesn't and things get tough. A baby makes things even tougher. Written by Jack Pfeifer <jackhpfeifer@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

A clip of this movie is used in Foreigner's music video, "I Don't Want To Live Without You". See more »

Goofs

When John Mason (Jimmy Stewart) visits Judge Doolittle's home in the middle of the night, as John is pleading with the judge's brother Simon to wake up the judge, Simon mouths the exact words John is saying as he is saying them, showing his memorization of the script. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Harriet Mason: Oh my dear, if you have a talent for writing take my advice and develop it while your young. One needs all one's time and energy for a career.
Jane: Don't you think marriage is a career in itself?
Mrs. Harriet Mason: Oh, in deed, emphatically! That's why one mustn't rush into it pell-mell.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits start with hands signing "Carole Lombard" and "James Stewart" to a marriage license. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Tear's Eve party and sung by the guests
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An up and down movie, the ups really spectacular...
7 October 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Made for Each Other (1939)

"Last year there were half a million divorces in this country. Congratulations."

And that is the beginning of a sometimes-screwball comedy that turns very serious by the end, with James Stewart leading the charge. It could be screwier, and Jimmy Stewart is more lovable than hilarious, so the humor revolves around him as the foil. Carole Lombard, his partner in crime, can be more zany, for sure, but even there, she is more restrained than other films (like "Twentieth Century"). It's the situation, and the rest of the cast, who make this funny...and eventually tragic.

How exactly it drags at times is hard to say. Oddly, even Stewart is a little off base, exaggerating too much. The plot, overall, lacks drive. You might think this doesn't matter in a silly comedy, but it does very much. In fact, because this comedy is laced with a fair amount of normal drama, it needs a basic conflict that dramas need. There are some terrific scenes--the New Year's moment is really moving, and the scenes after that--and these are the reason to watch.

On some level, this is a type of drama/comedy that is aimed at new parents, or newlyweds. The couple's focus on the baby reminded me of "Christmas in Connecticut," and "Penny Serenade." I wish it just worked better, but too often it bumbles along, one little moment after another, the result of imperfect direction (John Cromwell) and a weak script. So it does the best it can, and the last half hour is its best, with high drama kicking in. This is a David O. Selznick production in the same year as his slightly more famous movie, "Gone with the Wind."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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