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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

A couple who have been married for three years are shocked to learn that their marriage is not legally valid.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writer:

Norman Krasna (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Ann Krausheimer Smith
Robert Montgomery ... David Smith
Gene Raymond ... Jeff Custer
Jack Carson ... Chuck Benson
Philip Merivale ... Mr. Ashley Custer
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Custer
William Tracy ... Sammy
Charles Halton ... Mr. Harry Deever
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Krausheimer
Emma Dunn ... Martha
Betty Compson ... Gertie Schultz
Patricia Farr ... Gloria O'Dea
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Proprietor Lucy's
Pamela Blake ... Lily (as Adele Pearce)
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Storyline

New York sophisticates David Smith and Ann Smith née Krausheimer have been lovingly and passionately married for three years, or so they believed. They are told individually that due to a technicality - an unresolved municipal and state jurisdictional issue at the time of their supposed marriage - their wedding was not legal, and as such they are not really married. Despite David saying earlier in the day that if he had to do his life all over again that he would not have married her (even though he loves her), it is Ann that decides not to marry David this second time around due to an action, or in reality inaction, by David in reaction to the news of their marriage being invalid. While Ann goes about her life as a supposedly single woman (which includes calling herself Ann Krausheimer), David does whatever he can to win Ann back. But winning Ann's hand may be difficult as part of Ann's new life is dating other men. One of those other men and the most serious is David's best friend ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Love and Laugh with the flirting Mr. and the flitting Mrs. who ran their marriage by rules--until a rule that wasn't in the book almost ran their marriage on the rocks...Red Book Magazine says it's the most explosive and hilarious comedy of 1941--and you won't argue! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. & Mrs. Smith See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a thirty minute radio adaptation of this movie on January 30, 1949 with Robert Montgomery reprising his role. See more »

Goofs

Because the Smiths entered into the marriage in good faith, and because they were unaware at the time that the marriage was invalid, their marriage is in fact still legal under American law. See more »

Quotes

David: Darling, I have a little secret to tell you.
Ann: Oh, it's about time. What is it dear?
David: You're a great kid.
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Referenced in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Hitch's One And Only Comedy
25 August 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A married couple (Montgomery & Lombard) suddenly find out they're not legally married, and thanks to hubby's reckless remark, the wife decides not to make it legal. Now hubby has to work at winning her back, despite his best friend and her new independence.

Fairly amusing comedy. For me, the storyline was a little too talky, especially several later extended scenes that appear to grant actor Raymond's character more screen time. What's needed, I think, is more spark, the kind provided by Jack Carson's steam room Lothario or the lively nightclub scene that's a real hoot. Otherwise, Lombard shows her comedic skills in a rather difficult role, while Montgomery mugs it up in unMontgomery fashion. However, pity poor Gene Raymond who's stuck with a boring role that appears out of sync for a comedy with the exception of his one well-done drunk scene. Overall, this sophisticated farce is a little too smooth and polished to really impress. And, despite scripter Krasna's many crafty innuendos, likely over-written, as well. Nonetheless, many amusing moments do remain. It's just not front-rank or what we might expect from an all-time great like Hitchcock. Rather, Hitch excelled at amusing moments, but as this effort shows, comedy as a format was not his world-class strength.


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