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Holy Matrimony (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 27 August 1943 (USA)
From Arnold Bennett's novel "Buried Alive". An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press.

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Arnold Bennett (novel), Nunnally Johnson
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monty Woolley ... Priam Farll
Gracie Fields ... Alice Chalice
Laird Cregar ... Clive Oxford
Una O'Connor ... Sarah Leek
Alan Mowbray ... Mr. Pennington
Melville Cooper ... Dr. Caswell
Franklin Pangborn ... Duncan Farll
Ethel Griffies ... Lady Vale
Eric Blore ... Henry Leek
George Zucco ... Mr. Crepitude
Fritz Feld ... Critic
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Storyline

Famed English painter Priam Farll has spent the last 25 years living in various remote locations with only his trusted manservant, Henry Leek, for company. While Farll is summoned to London to receive a knighthood, Leek falls ill and dies. Wishing to avoid the ostentation knighthood ceremony, the reclusive painter assumes his valet's identity. Farll, posing as Leek, soon receives a letter from Alice Chalice, a widow who has been corresponding with Leek through a marriage bureau and is expecting to finally meet her beloved in person... Written by L. Hamre

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The Whole Town's Talking About Woolley and Fields! Wow! What a Love and Laugh Team!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 1:05:54 into the film, the well-lit wall close behind the two main characters suddenly cuts to darkness, as though simulating a night scene, and after seven seconds returns to daylight brightness; all while the ongoing dialogue through the two cuts flows smoothly. See more »

Quotes

Henry Leek: Which shall I lay out for your trip sir - your trousers or your knickerbockers?
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Version of His Double Life (1933) See more »

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Great premise - but the result is a mess
6 March 2020 | by wmadavisSee all my reviews

I'm not familiar with the novel upon which this movie was based, so I can't say how loyal this movie was to it. But I suspect it was entirely too loyal and should have abandoned the original plot once Monty Woolley was cast in the role of a very shy man. The plot is a mess. Through the last half of the film Woolley alternates in his claim of who he is and the resulting complications make very little sense even within the internal logic of the plot. Something much more interesting could have been done, instead it has a pointless trial in which his claims of identity continue to alternate. The elements are all there, but they're all squandered and the result is a mess, which somehow was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Whatever appeal Gracie Fields had entirely escapes me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eläköön avioliitto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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