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Dream Wife (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 June 1953 (USA)
A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.


Sidney Sheldon
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Clemson Reade
Deborah Kerr ... Effie
Walter Pidgeon ... Walter McBride
Betta St. John ... Tarji
Eduard Franz ... Khan of Bukistan
Buddy Baer ... Vizier
Les Tremayne ... Ken Landwell
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Ali
Bruce Bennett ... Charlie Elkwood
Richard Anderson ... Henry Malvine
Dan Tobin ... Mr. Brown
Movita ... Rima
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Jean Landwell
June Clayworth ... Mrs. May Elkwood
Dean Miller ... George


Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji's father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding. Effie! Written by Debbie Dunlap <dwdunlap@erols.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $456,000 ($4.33M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »


Upon arrival to America, as Tarji exits the plane, we see "Star of Bukistan": written across the aircraft in English and Arabic. In the next shot, as she is descending the aircraft's stairs, it changes to "Trans World Airlines" See more »


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20 July 2011 | by deewittSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time on TCM, interested because of the pairing of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It's really boring, with a silly, unbelievable plot.

Worse than that, Grant looks and act in such a peculiar manner. He appears to be bone-thin, with his suits just hanging on him. And his expressions and body language border on the effeminate in some sequences. This is not the dashing, debonair, sophisticated Cary Grant we've all become accustomed to seeing in so many movies over the years.

Kerr has a brief drunk scene that is unusual for her screen persona. Aside from that, there's not much to her character that can save this dreary flick.

The one thing worth noting is the movie's benign portrayal of Islamic rulers. Was it really like that 50 years ago, or were we just too ignorant to know any better?

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Release Date:

19 June 1953 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,565,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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