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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 »

Director:

George Cukor
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Thelma Ritter as Mae Swasey gets third billing but has more screen time than stars Jeanne Crain or Scott Brady. 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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Connections

Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Marriage Broker (1957) See more »

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Another great Thelma performance
26 August 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

If you've got Thelma Ritter in the cast you really don't need much more. This is a cute movie but without Thelma in one of the leads it would be nothing worth seeking out.

She is funny and tender, wryly mischievous and always wonderful. As for the rest of the cast Jeanne Crain is lovely, although the 50's hairstyle does her no favors, and less brittle than usual. Scott Brady is handsome but doesn't really register strongly, he was always a better character actor than leading man. Speaking of character actors the supporting cast is chockful of some great ones. Nancy Kulp, Miss Jane herself, has a small role that pre shadows that part. Jay C. Flippen, Zero Mostel and Michael O'Shea are the most recognizable of them but all the actors and actresses give terrific performances.

Smooth direction by Cukor, a nice pace and highlighted by yet another classic Thelma Ritter performance this is a fine diversion.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Marriage Broker 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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