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
Robert Montgomery ... David
Gene Raymond ... Jeff
Jack Carson ... Chuck
Philip Merivale ... Mr. Custer
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Custer
William Tracy ... Sammy
Charles Halton ... Mr. Deever
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Krausheimer
Emma Dunn ... Martha
Betty Compson ... Gertie
Patricia Farr ... Gloria
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Proprietor Lucy's
Pamela Blake ... Lily (as Adele Pearce)
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

By the movie's release date, the World's Fair that Jeff and Ann attended had been closed for several months. The parachute ride was relocated after the fair to Coney Island. See more »

Goofs

When Ann poured the second glass of whiskey for Jeff, there was about two fingers' worth in the glass; as the scene cuts to Jeff gulping it down, the glass contains at least four fingers of whiskey. See more »

Quotes

David: Either our noses have changed or they've - built a livery stable around here somewhere.
Ann: It's not exactly Chanel 5.
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Featured in 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
In the score during scenes at Mamma Lucy's
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With the Right Expectations, It Works Well Enough
30 September 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a good example of a movie that could be quite disappointing for anyone who had too many or too specific expectations for it. It's an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it's not at all like any of his better-known films. The offbeat premise leads you to expect a 1930s-style screwball comedy, but instead it has a different brand of humor altogether.

The tone of the film blends together the screwball plot idea with Hitchcock's dry sense of humor and the upbeat charm of Carole Lombard. It's something of an odd combination, but it works all right as long as you don't have too many preconceptions.

Lombard and Robert Montgomery work well as "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", who find out at the beginning of the movie that they are not really married. Most of the story that follows moves at a decent pace, and although there are never any big laughs, there is some good material. It never really hits high gear, but once you get used to the pace, most of it works well enough.

It does slow down quite a bit towards the end, as things run out of steam, and this keeps the movie from being better. A grand climax in the screwball tradition might have made it a very good movie. Instead, as it is, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" is a pleasant, generally amusing, slightly above-average romantic comedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. & Mrs. Smith See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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