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The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | November 1951 (USA)
Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »

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George Cukor
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Kitty Bennett
Scott Brady ... Matt Hornbeck
Thelma Ritter ... Mae Swasey
Zero Mostel ... George Wixted
Michael O'Shea ... Doberman
Helen Ford Helen Ford ... Emmy Swasey
Frank Fontaine Frank Fontaine ... Mr. Hjalmer Johannson
Dennie Moore ... Mrs. Bea Gingras
John Alexander ... Mr. Perry
Jay C. Flippen ... Dan Chancellor
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Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married man and fixing her up with a nice radiologist. Of course things go wrong... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Marriage Broker See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 6, 1952 with Jeanne Crain and Thelma Ritter reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Bea Gingras: She's so lonely, even though she ought to be used to it by now.
Mae Swasey: Don't kid yourself. You can get used to being poor, guess even blind. You never get used to being lonely.
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Matchmaker, matchmaker
15 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Model and the Marriage Broker" is a great film find. It has one thing few films have - Thelma Ritter in the lead! In this, she plays a marriage broker trying - and often succeeding - at matching up misfits. When she takes a model's (Jeanne Crain) purse by mistake and vice versa, the two end up in each other's lives, with Ritter dissuading Crain from a relationship with a married man by getting her involved with an eligible bachelor (Scott Brady). Yes, believe it or not - even bald, fat character actor Scott Brady had his palmy days when he was considered a hunk. He was a slightly rougher version of Robert Wagner, in fact, and even had a fan club.

Thelma is fantastic as a woman with a sad past who tries to make the future of others happier. The film is wonderfully directed by George Cukor and written by Charles Brackett. It's one of those dozens of films churned out by the studio back then. Nowadays, when the studios churn them out, they're $20 million flops and not little gems like this one. Jeanne Crain is lovely and the rest of the cast ably supports the leads: Jay C. Flippen, Zero Mostel, Michael O'Shea, Frank Fontaine, Nancy Kulp, and John Alexander. One comment disliked the character played by Brady, but you can't judge men by the standards of today. Like it or don't, the character was pure '50s.

A delightful, heartwarming movie with a marvelous turn by Thelma, who no matter what part she had, was always a star.


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