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We're Not Married! (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 December 1952 (France)
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In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.

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Edmund Goulding

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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Ramona Gladwyn
Fred Allen ... Steven S. 'Steve' Gladwyn
Victor Moore ... Justice of the Peace Melvin Bush
Marilyn Monroe ... Annabel Jones Norris
David Wayne ... Jeff Norris
Eve Arden ... Katie Woodruff
Paul Douglas ... Hector C. Woodruff
Eddie Bracken ... Wilson Boswell 'Willie' Fisher
Mitzi Gaynor ... Patricia 'Patsy' Reynolds Fisher
Louis Calhern ... Frederick C. 'Freddie' Melrose
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Eve Melrose (as ZsaZsa Gabor)
James Gleason ... Duffy
Paul Stewart ... Attorney Stone
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Bush
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Storyline

A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before his license was valid. A few years later five couples learn they have never been legally married. Annabel Norris, already Mrs. Mississippi and ready to enter the Mrs. America contest, is now free to enter the Miss Mississippi contest. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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What embarrassment when we discover... [We're Not Married] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wir sind gar nicht verheiratet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the Ginger Rogers-Fred Allen sequence, Allen says, "Go a-way, little man, go a-way!", which is a reference to popular song, "The Little Man Who Wasn't There". See more »

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Quotes

Willie's Sergeant: If you ain't married when a kid is born, it's a foul ball.
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How Many People Get A Do Over In Marriage?
19 October 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Justice of the Peace Victor Moore learns that he jumped the gun in marrying traveling elopers passing through his state it causes great consternation in the lives of five random couples across the USA who discover that We're Not Married. In discussing the matter with the wife played by Jane Darwell he actually comes out with the clever notion that if these folks made a mistake they're getting a second chance at marriage without going through the pangs of divorce.

We're Not Married chronicles the lives of these five couples when they learn of the rush to marry mistake caused by Moore when he married them before his commission took effect. Usually the story that gets the most critical acclaim is the one involving Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers who play a nationally broadcast happily married radio couple. That's for public consumption actually these two bicker about everything. Screenwiter Nunnally Johnson was at his satiric best when he spoofed such radio personalities as Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenberg who did just that kind of broadcast perpetually hawking their sponsor's products.

The others are pretty good too. David Wayne and Marilyn Monroe have an unusual arrangement where she goes out and wins beauty contests and he stays home taking care of the kid. The non-marriage throws them for a while as she as just won the Mrs. Mississippi contest, but they make lemonade out of the lemon.

Eddie Bracken and Mitzi Gaynor have a more serious problem, he's a soldier with orders for Korea, she's in a family way. It takes quite a lot to get that situation resolved and not an entirely happy ending for Bracken.

The weakest episode by far is Paul Douglas and Eve Arden. I was surprised that Arden who usually gets some of the best lines in her films is strangely muted by the script. They play a couple who has settled into boredom and the episode was the most boring of the bunch.

But my favorite is Louis Calhern and Zsa Zsa Gabor. He's an oil millionaire with a gold digging wife who has a bottom feeding lawyer in Paul Stewart. What happens to Zsa Zsa and Stewart is classic.

The idea of a marriage suddenly not being legal was tried out in one of Alfred Hitchcock's few comedies Mr.&Mrs. Smith with Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard being the suddenly unmarried couple. We're Not Married increases the idea by a factor of five. I wouldn't say this film is five times better than Hitchcock's, but it's still very good and done by people more at home in the genre.


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