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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.

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John Cromwell

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le lien sacré See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Seven actors listed in records for this movie were not seen in the final print. They are (with their character names) Jack Mulhall (Rock Springs Radio Operator), Arthur Gardner (Iowa City Radio Operator), John M. Sullivan (John Hopkins Chemist), John Austin (Allentown Radio Operator), and the three doctors, Robert Strange, Perry Ivins and Gladden James. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny comes home drunk, his collar changes throughout the scene from being flipped up in the back to being properly placed. See more »

Quotes

Jane: That Carter thought it was funny. He laughed. Oh, I hate that, that liver pill.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Well, I really enjoyed it!
19 June 2006 | by IncalculacableSee all my reviews

I can't understand the harsh reviews that this film has received from other IMDb users! I really enjoyed this film, despite the disappointing ending. I don't know if this is because I am a very big fan of both James Stewart and Carole Lombard, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. I especially recommend it to you if you enjoyed 'Penny Serenade (1941)' with Irene Dunn and Cary Grant as they are very similar in plot.

Without the charm and ability Lombard and Stewart, I believe Made for Each Other could have been extremely ill-fated and boring. However, they manage to bring life, charm and make their characters very genuine. Made for Each Other is about a couple (played extremely well by Carole Lombard and James Stewart as always) who meet, fall in love and get married quickly, seem simply made for each other... but when certain problems arise - disapproving in-laws, job stress, financial challenges and illness, their love really takes the test.

It is only the ending that lets the film down. Not only is it bizarre but it is extremely unrealistic too. I can understand why it was written - to give an added sense of drama for the finale, to keep the reader glued to the screen, but it seemed very unnecessary.

Other than that, I found it an absolute pleasure watching Carole Lombard and James Stewart fit so perfectly into a melodrama which many of us can relate to. Perhaps it is for 'die-hard fans' only, but I do recommend it to those who are not familiar with their work. I found it very interesting, charming and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny - a great balance of comedy and drama. I can't understand the dismal reviews for this film - I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Wonderful melodrama.


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