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Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Approved | | Comedy , War | 23 August 1944 (USA)
Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

David Hertz (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Theo West
James Craig ... Captain Miles Lancing
John Hodiak ... Lieutenant Tom West
Frances Gifford ... Sissy Mortimer
Hugh Marlowe ... Joseph I. Murdock
Natalie Schafer ... Irene Selworth
Keenan Wynn ... Major Bob Wilton
Herbert Rudley ... Ted Mortimer
Paul Cavanagh ... Mr. Selworth
Morris Ankrum ... Ed Scofield
Jane Green Jane Green ... Martha
Tom Drake ... Bill Rice
Shirley Patterson ... Mary Saunders
Neal Dodd Neal Dodd ... Minister (as Rev. Neal Dodd)
Nana Bryant ... Nurse
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Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal of Air Corps Lieutenant Tom West. After the honeymoon, Tom's father dies and Tom goes into the defense industry. When Theo has a baby, she hates the idea of being matronly and wants to be the old party girl. The problem is that her husband is working constantly. She looks to her friends, who are having their own problems, and to her old flame Captain Lancing. To decide on what she wants to do with her baby and her life, Theo must grow up. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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It's SO Romantic! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Felicidade Vem Depois See more »

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Budget:

$1,508,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly before the start of principal photography, Hollywood Reporter announced that Fred Zinnemann was to direct the picture and Gene Kelly was to co-star with Lana Turner. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Courtland West: You? My dear boy. Nobody's interested in you anymore. You're just the father.
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Opening credits are shown over the blank pages of a "marriage memories" album. See more »

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Does she still have IT?
27 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Marriage Is A Private Affair was the first film that Lana Turner did post the birth of her daughter Cheryl Crane. I guess that's what gives the scenes of Turner with her infant son in this film some special poignancy.

Turner is an irrepressible flirt, the kind who has to be the center of attention at all times. She gets that from her mother Natalie Schaefer who is on her latest husband Paul Cavanaugh. Schaefer has a Zsa Zsa Gabor like attitude toward marriage which she has passed on to her daughter.

But Lana does fall for and marry John Hodiak who is something of an inventor and considered necessary to the war effort so he can't activate his commission and get where the fighting is. They have a kid and it works for a while. But she gets bored and wants to see if she still is attractive even after marriage and childbirth. She tries flirting with flier James Craig to see if she still has it.

Marriage Is A Private Affair was also the first film Lana Turner did with billing alone above the title. She does a fine job as a girl who turns into a woman and finally decides to grow up. Her two leads Craig and Hodiak are also well cast in their parts.

Also in the cast are Herbert Rudley and Frances Gifford a seemingly happily married couple with some secrets and issues. Gifford is a lot like Turner. Hugh Marlowe is in this as well as a scientist friend of Hodiak's also anxious to get to war.

Probably had this film been done in about 10 years at least after the second World War we might have seen Turner more loose and slatternly, but during wartime there was no way Hollywood would show a star like Turner being less than true, flirting yes, but cheating a definite no-no.

True blue women is part of what we were fighting for.


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