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Suddenly It's Spring (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 February 1947 (USA)
Fred wants to start a new life with a new wife, but it isn't easy to give Paulette the gate for another mate.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), P.J. Wolfson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Paulette Goddard ... Mary Morely
Fred MacMurray ... Peter Morely
Macdonald Carey ... Jack Lindsay
Arleen Whelan ... Gloria Fay
Lilian Fontaine Lilian Fontaine ... Mary's Mother
Frank Faylen ... Harold Michaels
Frances Robinson ... WAC Capt. Rogers
Victoria Horne ... WAC Lt. Billings
Georgia Backus ... WAC Maj. Cheever
Jean Ruth Jean Ruth ... WAC Cpl. Michaels
Roberta Jonay Roberta Jonay ... WAC Sergeant
Willie Best ... Porter on Train
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Captain Mary Morley (Paulette Goddard), WAC marital-relations expert, known as "Captain Lonelyhearts", returns from overseas as escort to some G.I. war brides, and she hopes to patch up the estrangement from Peter Morley (Fred MacMurray), her husband and former law partner. The latter has fallen for beautiful Gloria Fay (Arleen Whelan) and is waiting at the pier with a divorce consent requiring Mary's signature. Peter, hoping to be more persuasive later, asks her to have dinner with him later at the Ski Club. Jack Lindsay (Macdonald Carey), a client of Peter's who has been using their apartment mistakes Mary for one of the intended bridesmaids and asks about Gloria. Now that Mary knows about Gloria, she asks Jack to bring Gloria to the Ski Club dinner. Still in love with Peter, Mary refuses to sign the divorce paper and asks Jack to take her home. Mary is ordered to Fort Sheridan and Peter and Jack board her train - Peter still after her signature and Jack also hoping she will sign as... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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What she doesn't know about love -- neither does Cupid See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die widerspenstige Gattin See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 27, 1949 with Fred MacMurray reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Peter Morley: Why didn't you get off?
[at Harlem]
Jack Lindsay: I came to New York on business. If I'm willing to let your pleasure interfere, please don't kick a gift horse in the mouth.
Peter Morley: I wish you weren't such a good client.
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Referenced in Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door (1996) See more »

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Nice film, and I'll bet the situation was quite common
9 January 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Paulette Goddard and Fred MacMurray star as a married couple in "Suddenly It's Spring," also featuring Arleen Whelan and MacDonald Carey.

Goddard is a WAC captain, Mary Morley, an expert in marital relations, who returns from overseas as an escort for GI war brides. She and her husband Peter (MacMurray) has been separated from her husband, and he wants a divorce. He is also her former law partner.

Peter is in love with Gloria (Whelan) and needs Mary to sign the divorce papers. As far as Gloria is concerned, he hasn't been moving fast enough, either.

When she doesn't sign them initially, Peter invites Mary to dinner. Meanwhile, one of Peter's clients, Jack (Carey) has been staying at his apartment. He thinks Mary is one of Gloria's bridesmaids for her wedding to Peter. When he talks to Mary, she realizes the situation. She isn't exactly ready to get a divorce.

Peter tries hard to get Mary to sign the papers, by acting like a jerk in public etc., but Gloria is impatient. He's getting desperate.

Very pleasant film with the vivacious and beautiful Goddard, one of my favorites, who plays well opposite MacMurray. When he was on My Three Sons, I thought he was a big nothing who starred in films while the big stars were off fighting World War II. I have been so pleasantly surprised by him over the years. He's a kind of Everyman, and if he didn't have the deepest range in the world, he has a nice presence and did both comedy and drama easily.

I wonder how many couples came together after the war and didn't know where they stood with one another - I'll bet a lot.

Good film.


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