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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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LOVE GETS A SHOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!(original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Thelma Ritter's character, Mae Swasey, has her office in the famous Flatiron Building, located at 175 Fifth Avenue. This iconic 22-story landmark was completed in 1902. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Bennett: Oh, I didn't realize - you've got people in there, haven't you?
Mae Swasey: About 50-50.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Marriage Broker (1957) See more »

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Sassy comedy has Thelma Ritter in rare leading role...
30 August 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Whatever merit THE MODEL AND THE MARRIAGE BROKER has is due entirely to the caustic, funny performance of Thelma Ritter as Mae, the lady with the New York accent who went into the broker business to make other ladies happy (after her own unhappy romantic past).

And it's a good thing Thelma carries the film, with the expert help of a few very good character roles--one in particular being MICHAEL O'SHEA, as a card-playing friend prone to giving her advice. SCOTT BRADY does a nice job as an eligible bachelor who shares some good scenes with Ritter and JEANNE CRAIN.

But Jeanne Crain is the problem. She looks so cool and detached as the unhappy model that it throws the comedy aspects a little off focus. She seems to be walking through her part instead of conveying any real emotion.

Still, a worthwhile little gem strictly because of Thelma Ritter. She's finally got a leading role and she runs away with it.

Nicely directed at a brisk pace by George Cukor.


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