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Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)

Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

S.K. Lauren (screen play), Owen Davis (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gracie Allen ... Pamela North
William Post Jr. ... Gerald P. North
Paul Kelly ... Lieutenant Weigand
Rose Hobart ... Carol Brent
Virginia Grey ... Jane Wilson
Tom Conway ... Louis Berex
Felix Bressart ... Arthur Talbot
Stuart Crawford ... Stuart Blanton
Porter Hall ... George Heyler
Millard Mitchell ... Mullins
Lucien Littlefield ... Barnes
Inez Cooper ... Mabel Harris
Keye Luke ... Kumi
Jerome Cowan ... Ben Wilson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Buano
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Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor closet. The corpse is identified as Stanley Brent, the estranged husband of Carol Brent (Rose Hobart), a friend of Pam's. As the clues are unearthed, it appears that some member of the North's social circle, who knew they would be away, gained entrance to their apartment, asked Brent to come there and murdered him. Pam tries to establish alibis for all of her friends, and in doing so inadvertently establishes who killed Brent. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WORLD'S FUNNIEST FEMALE BECOMES DETECTIVE IN RIOTOUS CHILL-MYSTERY! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche de locuras See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Millard Mitchell originated his movie role in the play by Owen Davis, which opened in New York on 12 January 1941 and ran for 163 performances. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin played Mr. and Mrs. North. See more »

Connections

Version of Mr. & Mrs. North (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Love Affair
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on piano by Doris Day and sung by other guests
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Allen Goes Solo
6 December 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pamela North (Gracie Allen) and her husband Gerald (William Post, Jr.) return home and when they go to fix a drink a dead body falls out of their liquor cabinet. Lt. Weigand (Paul Kelly) shows up and suspects the couple of doing the murder but they claim their innocence and set out to find the real murderer.

This MGM film was obviously done to give Allen a role that didn't have her husband George Burns attached to it. For the most part this is a fairly funny, if unoriginal, mix of mystery and comedy. If you're a fan of Allen then you'll probably enjoy this more than anyone else since obviously her style isn't going to sit well with everyone. I thought the actress was in fine form here and certainly helped raise the material and make it much better than it actually is.

Allen just has a certain way of delivering her lines. That high-pitched voice and the mannerism are perfectly suited for each other and it leads to plenty of nice laughs and especially early one when Allen keeps throwing everyone with how she's constantly going from one subject to the next. Post is good in his role of the husband and has a nice chemistry with Alle. Kelly, Virginia Grey and Tom Conway are also good and you can see Keye Luke in a small bit.

MR. AND MRS. NORTH certainly isn't anything ground-breaking. The story itself is your typical murder-mystery but Allen certainly bumps it up a notch due to her comic timing.


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