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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:

A great big Surprise for Mother... The great big Surprise Comedy of the year... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marilyn Monroe plays Miss Cucamonga. See more »

Goofs

Early in, where Wagner is talking to Bates in bed, just as she sits up her bedclothes in the 'side shots' cover her bosom area, but are down near her waist in the 'front on' shots, and then again. Covered, not, covered, not, covered. A minor 'error', but noticeable. See more »

Quotes

Hugh Halsworth: I'd be glad to eat in the kitchen if I'm depressing you both.
Victor Macfarland: Why, not at all, Hugh. You know I've always liked you very much. Just that I like Miriam more, so why don't you run along?
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Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Traditional tune with lyrics by Ben Jonson
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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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