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Grounds for Marriage (1951)

Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Laura Kerr (screenplay), Samuel Marx (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
Kathryn Grayson ... Ina Massine
Paula Raymond ... Agnes Oglethorpe Young
Barry Sullivan ... Chris Bartlett
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Carleton Radwin Young
Reginald Owen ... Mr. Delacorte
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Dr. Engelstaat
Richard Anderson ... Tommy
Theresa Harris ... Stella
Paula Drew Paula Drew ... Helen
Richard Atckison Richard Atckison ... Rodolpho' in 'La Boheme
Victor Desny Victor Desny ... Count de Beaugard
Robert Sherwood Robert Sherwood ... Petie
Elizabeth Flournoy Elizabeth Flournoy ... Brevarde
Torben Meyer ... Donovan
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Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

J'épouse mon mari See more »

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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

The standard "Wait Till You See Him" (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart), sung by Kathryn Grayson, was cut from this film. The prerecording is included on "My Heart Sings," a Kathryn Grayson CD issued by the British label Flare. See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
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Written by Harry Da Costa, Henry Ragas, Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields,
Tony Sbarbaro and Edwin B. Edwards
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Some funny moments but not enough...a poor vehicle for Kathryn Grayson...
12 May 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

While KATHRYN GRAYSON doesn't get a chance to shine here (she's left voiceless for too much of the film), at least VAN JOHNSON and BARRY SULLIVAN prove so adept at comedy that it's a shame they never had more frequent chances to prove how good they were at mugging.

Sullivan, with his trim mustache and eyebrow-raised reactions, is clearly having a good time as an eccentric toymaker with designs on Grayson and PAULA RAYMOND--and anyone else who tickles his fancy.

Van Johnson has a fine time as a doctor who is part of an all-doctor orchestra and trying not to renew his relationship with ex-wife Grayson. Unfortunately, the script makes Grayson's character rather unbearable, relieved only by some operatic warbling that scarcely gives the audience time to appreciate her musical talent. Ironically, the studio could have chosen much more effective operatic arias for her to sing, given that she's supposed to be an operatic diva who has just finished a world tour. Instead, we get very brief segments from "La Boheme" and "Carmen" that are over much too soon.

Funniest bit has Van Johnson stifling a cold while making a speech about his theories on cold symptoms and later getting sympathetic treatment from Grayson while he wheezes and coughs his way into a spasm of epic proportions. He's hilariously effective.

Summing up: Too bad the script isn't bright enough to accommodate all of these expert performers. A very uneven comedy that gets a lift from Johnson and Sullivan.


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