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This Time for Keeps (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | March 1942 (USA)
Lee White, recently married to Katherine Bryant, eyes a vacation from marital responsibilities when Katherine goes out of town to attend a friend's wedding. But he soon becomes bored and ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles Riesner)

Writers:

Herman J. Mankiewicz (characters), Muriel Roy Bolton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Rutherford ... Katherine 'Kit' White
Robert Sterling ... Lee White
Guy Kibbee ... Harry Bryant
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Bryant
Virginia Weidler ... Harriett Bryant
Henry O'Neill ... Arthur Freeman
Dorothy Morris ... Edith Bryant
Richard Crane ... Eustace Andrews
Joe Strauch Jr. ... Milton A. Jones (as Joseph Strauch Jr.)
Connie Gilchrist ... Miss Nichols
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Storyline

Lee White, recently married to Katherine Bryant, eyes a vacation from marital responsibilities when Katherine goes out of town to attend a friend's wedding. But he soon becomes bored and accepts the hospitality of his in-laws, and soon finds himself as a partner in his father-in-law's real estate business. But, well-meaning as it is, he soon grows tired of his in-law's interference that it soon results into domestic spats between he and Katherine. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

HOW TO GET A MAN! HOW TO KEEP HIM! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Over the Waves See more »

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Budget:

$252,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In order to distinguish this film from a later 1947 Esther Williams musical, the title was changed to "Over the Waves" for television consumption in the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Harry Bryant: That's one of the rules for a successful marriage. Always tell your wife everything that you know she'll find out anyhow.
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Connections

References When Ladies Meet (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Off to See the Wizard
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Partially sung a cappella by Guy Kibbee
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Smothering Initiative
5 November 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

MGM may have been trying out a new family series like the Hardys when it came out with This Time For Keeps. I certainly could have seen Guy Kibbee and Irene Rich as the patriarch and matriarch of another wholesome all American family.

Kibbee and Rich have two daughters, Ann Rutherford and Virginia Weidler. Rutherford is slightly beyond the newlywed stage married to Robert Sterling.

Some trouble is brewing on the horizon. Kibbee likes his son-in-law well enough, in fact he always wanted a boy. He talks him into coming into the family real estate business, but Sterling does it against his better judgment. He likes Kibbee also, but when he goes to work for him, Sterling finds Kibbee smothering any initiative he takes.

As for Weidler she's going through her teen age angst especially around young Richard Crane. All these problems naturally get resolved in the end.

This Time For Keeps is a pleasant enough family film which didn't embarrass anyone at MGM's B picture unit. And I'm sure it played well enough with any of MGM's featured products. Look quickly for a small bit by Ava Gardner and for me the hit of the film was seeing Richard Crane, the future Rocky Jones Space Ranger decked out as a ballerina at a costume party.


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