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Made in Heaven (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy | November 1952 (UK)
A young couple enter the Dunmow Flitch Trial, in which a side of bacon can be won if a couple do not regret their marriage after a year, but the arrival of an attractive new housemaid throws everything into chaos.

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George H. Brown (original story), William Douglas-Home (original story) (as William Douglas Home) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
David Tomlinson ... Basil Topham
Petula Clark ... Julie Topham
Sonja Ziemann ... Marta
A.E. Matthews ... Hillary Topham
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Aubrey Topham
Sophie Stewart ... Marjorie Topham
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Stanley Grimes
Richard Wattis ... The Vicar, Hayworth Honeycroft
Alfie Bass ... Bert Jenkins
Dora Bryan ... Ethel Jenkins
Ferdy Mayne ... István
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Sgt. Marne
Athene Seyler ... Miss Rosabelle Honeycroft
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The historic market town of Dunmow, England is famous for the Dunmow Flitch, a mock trial to find the married couple epitomizing fidelity by proving they have had thoughts of no other for a year and a day, with the winning couple receiving a flitch of bacon, especially welcome and hard to come by during the post-war era. The Tophams have lived in Dunmow for fifteen years, but are still seen as outsiders by the Dunmow traditionalists, especially Miss Rosabelle Honeycroft, the elder domineering sister of the mild-mannered vicar, Hayworth Honeycroft. That is why Miss Honeycroft is so irked that Marjorie Topham has nominated her son, Basil Topham, and Basil's wife, Julie Topham, as the only entrants in this year's Flitch. Basil and Julie's young married life is not perfect as they live with Basil's parents, Marjorie and Aubrey Topham, and Basil's grandfather, Hillary Topham - which is a little too cozy for Julie's tastes - while their house is being built by local contractor Stanley ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy

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Made its television debut on the American ABC network on 11 September 1956. See more »

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Made in Heaven
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Clark, Peggy Jones and Joe Henderson
Sung by Petula Clark
[sung over main titles]
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The comedy is pretty broad but the film is enjoyable.
18 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The German actress, Sonja Ziemann, plays a Hungarian maid, Marta. Could casting her as a Hungarian in any way be related to lingering feelings about the war? Regardless, when this pretty lady arrives to be the maid for a British family, problems develop as the father and son (David Tomlinson) begin acting googly-eyed whenever she is around. This is a serious problem, as Tomlinson is happily married to a sweet lady (Petula Clark) and this happiness is at risk due to his over-solicitous behavior towards the maid. To make things worse, the town has a happiest married couple contest--and this couple is nominated.

How men act around Marta in this film is a bit ridiculous and overdone. It certainly isn't subtle and the film is a bit silly. Yet, it's still oddly sweet and enjoyable. Not a film to rush to see but a nice time-passer.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Muß das sein, Fräulein? See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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