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Marriage a la Mode (1955)

The Constant Husband (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 April 1955 (UK)
Charles Hathaway (Sir Rex Harrison) wakes up in West Wales with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. With the help of a Cardiff specialist, he traces his life back to his ... See full summary »


Sidney Gilliat


Sidney Gilliat (original screenplay), Val Valentine (original screenplay)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Harrison ... In the Hospital - The Patient
Cecil Parker ... In the Hospital - The Professor
Sally Lahee ... In the Hospital - The Nurse
Kay Kendall ... The 'Wives' - Monica
Nicole Maurey ... The 'Wives' - Lola
Valerie French ... The 'Wives' - Bridget
Ursula Howells ... The 'Wives' - Ann
Jill Adams ... The 'Wives' - Joanna
Roma Dumville Roma Dumville ... The 'Wives' - Elizabeth (as Roma Dunville)
Robert Coote ... Friends and Relations - The Best Man
Raymond Huntley ... Friends and Relations - The Boss
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Friends and Relations - Gladys
Eric Pohlmann ... Friends and Relations - Papa Sopranelli
Marie Burke ... Friends and Relations - Moma Sopraneli
George Cole ... Friends and Relations - Luigi Sopranelli


Charles Hathaway (Sir Rex Harrison) wakes up in West Wales with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. With the help of a Cardiff specialist, he traces his life back to his gorgeous wife and their large London house, so all seems well with the world. But more detective work starts to uncover an alarming chain of further stunning wives and a way of going on that the new Charles finds pretty unacceptable. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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First shown in the United States on NBC, November 6, 1955, but with twenty minutes cut so that the movie could be shown with commercials in a one hour and thirty-minute time slot. This was the first time that a feature-length movie premiered in the United States before reaching the theaters. It was also the first time a feature film was broadcast in color, but, since few viewers had color receivers at this time, most people saw it in black-and-white. See more »


When Rex Harrison looks out of his hotel window at the start of the movie the tide is in and still is when he comes out of the front of his hotel, but a few moments later, when he goes down to question the fisherman, the tide has gone out and people are walking and playing on the sand. See more »


The Law: The Judge: Let me put the issue simply before you. The question really is whether you now say you now believe you were, when you committed these crimes, the man you were before you became the man you say you are now. Is that quite clear?
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Lazy English comedy from a humourless time
17 January 2014 | by roslein-674-874556See all my reviews

The 1950s were an awful decade for comedy--censorship was strict, and middle-class manners were corseted so tight as to induce hysteria. This movie has a supposedly comic situation, but there is no funny dialogue, no funny scenes. There is just a lot of embarrassment, which is supposed to be ipso facto terribly amusing. The script is careless--Rex Harrison is a man who marries women for money, but his Italian wife clearly doesn't have much (she has, though, a stupendous bust and a foreign accent, and gestures a lot, all of which are, of course, terribly amusing to proper English people). The film begins with Harrison waking up in a hotel, not knowing who he is. Well, how could he have registered without giving a name? The laziness of the whole enterprise is grossly condescending to the viewing public in general and to women in particular.

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English | Italian | Welsh

Release Date:

21 April 1955 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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