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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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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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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!

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Comedy | Drama

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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 the start of the movie Oxford dictates a letter to his secretary, but she clearly doesn't write anything on her pad except perhaps a period or comma. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Caswell: Well, there's no doubt about it. The sea air's the most dangerous thing on earth.
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Connections

Version of The Great Adventure (1915) See more »

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Is there a lovelier, more delightful film?
2 June 2009 | by tentenderSee all my reviews

"Holy Matrimony" existed for me only as legend for the longest time. My father's friend Bill Gitt (renowned projectionist and elder brother of film preservationist Bob) was a great fan of this and often spoke of it, though I can't recall ever seeing it as a young lad. But I searched long and hard and finally tracked down a DVD of it (not a bad print at all), and it is truly enchanting. Marvelous, marvelous performance by Monty Woolley, in a very understated mood -- those who know him only from "The Man Who Came to Dinner" will, I think, be quite pleasantly surprised by his work here and, from Gracie Fields, a miraculous one. The first time I watched it I thought, well, she doesn't do much. But then I wanted to see it again almost immediately. And it's true, she doesn't do much, but the little things she does are simply exquisite. A great, really subtle performance, not at all played for laughs, but funny all the same. Her delivery of the simple line, "That's it," is a lesson in charming simplicity. John M. Stahl, that strange, almost mythical director, has a marvelous effect on actors (see, for example, Adolphe Menjou in "Letter of Introduction," where he really plays sincerity... well, sincerely): without fancy photography, he seems able to give them an almost mystical radiance. And he has an amazing cast of character actors to work with here: Eric Blore, Una O'Connor, Alan Mowbray, George Zucco, Laird Cregar, Melville Cooper, Ethel Griffies. A superb Nunnally Johnson script (his best?) and an excellent score (Cyril Mockridge) -- typical of Fox films of the 40s and early 50s. A film worth seeking out, one you will want to watch time and again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eläköön avioliitto See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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