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Let's Make It Legal (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 July 1952 (Finland)
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The nearly-final divorce of the Halsworths suddenly gets complicated when Miriam's old flame comes to town.

Director:

Richard Sale

Writers:

Mortimer Braus (story), I.A.L. Diamond | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Miriam Halsworth
Macdonald Carey ... Hugh Halsworth
Zachary Scott ... Victor Macfarland
Barbara Bates ... Barbara Denham
Robert Wagner ... Jerry Denham
Marilyn Monroe ... Joyce Mannering
Frank Cady ... Ferguson
Harry Harvey ... Postman (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
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Storyline

The divorce of Hugh and Miriam Halsworth becomes final at midnight. Hugh wouldn't dream of calling it off, but can't abandon his rose garden. Things change that afternoon, though, when Miriam's old suitor Victor Macfarland checks into the hotel where Hugh is publicity man. With Miriam's daughter Barbara rooting for Hugh and son-in-law Jerry rooting for Victor, things are unlikely to be resolved by midnight... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Who cares if it's LEGAL... As long as it's FUN!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1952 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Chérie, divorçons See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hugh Halsworth (Macdonald Carey) drives a 1950 Ford Convertible. See more »

Goofs

When Zachary Scott's character 'Vic' first greets MacDonald Carey's character 'Hugh', he accidentally refers to Carey as "Vic". See more »

Quotes

Jerry Denham: [Upon seeing the large emerald-cut diamond on Miriam's new engagement ring] Wow! What a knickknack! Congratulations in order?
Miriam Halsworth: Mm-hmm. Victor and I are going to be married.
Barbara Denham: Mother, are sure you know what you're doing?
Miriam Halsworth: I always have before.
Jerry Denham: Why, tell us, Ma, how'd you nail him? I mean, uh, how'd it happen?
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Connections

Referenced in The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Loveliest Night of the Year
(aka "Sobre las olas"/ "Over the Waves")
Written by Juventino Rosas
Heard as a theme when Miriam has dinner in Victor's room
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Whoa - not that bad!
25 October 2012 | by selffamilySee all my reviews

I bought this DVD at cut price and only recently watched it. Had no ideas about it - Marilyn was on the front of the case but as has been mentioned before, that was dishonest marketing as she is a minor supporting actor. The main stars, Claudette Colbert in particular, shine and it's a lot of fun. Yes, the story is silly - it's a 1950s comedy - and the acting would not win Oscars, but it's a 77 minute smile that turns into a giggle now and again. The clothes are divine and the story swims along merrily, with a highly likely ending. Pity about Macdonald Carey, he was like an American Carey Grant, and could have done well in movies, but seems to have concentrated his career on TV.


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