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Forever, Darling (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 9 February 1956 (USA)
3:56 | Trailer
Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel, which only Susan can see, to tell her that there will be ... See full summary »


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Helen Deutsch



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Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Susan Vega
Desi Arnaz ... Lorenzo Xavier Vega
James Mason ... The Guardian Angel / James Mason
Louis Calhern ... Charles Y. Bewell
John Emery ... Dr. Edward R. Winter
John Hoyt ... Bill Finlay
Natalie Schafer ... Millie Opdyke
Mabel Albertson ... Society Reporter
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Henry Opdyke
Nancy Kulp ... Amy
Willis Bouchey ... Oliver Clinton (as Willis B. Bouchey)
Ruth Brady Ruth Brady ... Laura


Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel, which only Susan can see, to tell her that there will be trouble ahead if they do not work out their problems. Lorenzo is developing insecticide #383 at Finlay Vega Chemical Co. and plans to test it on a camping trip that he takes with Susan, but the trip becomes a an obstacle course for him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Lucy has a crush on James Mason - and WOW! See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Guardian Angel See more »


Box Office


$951,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zanra Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the second film of a multi-picture deal Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed with MGM when I Love Lucy (1951) was TV's highest-rated show. (The first film was The Long, Long Trailer (1954) which made a profit of over $1.5M.) When this picture failed miserably with both critics and audiences, the balance of the contract went unfulfilled. See more »


When Susan slips in the raft when she first starts rowing, one of the oars slides all the way into the water. In the next shot, both oars are perfectly placed in a rowing position in the raft, meanwhile Susan has not even raised herself up from the bottom of the raft. Nobody would have been positioned to move the oars in such a short period of time. See more »


Lorenzo Xavier Vega: [pointing to Mr. Bewell's cocktail] Say, I thought the doctor told you to taper off?
Charles Y. Bewell: I did. I tapered off beautifully and now I'm going through the joyous process of tapering on again.
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.21 (1956) See more »


Forever, Darling
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Performed by The Ames Brothers (Ed Ames, Vic Ames, Gene Ames and Joe Ames)
[Played over opening title and credits sequence, and leading into the end credits]
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Lame Comedy
2 June 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

Although "The Long, Long Trailer" is an average film, it seems like a classic next to this anemic followup by Lucy and Desi, their second feature film during the run of "I Love Lucy." Lucy has a guardian angel who only she can see and she claims he looks like James Mason, which seems reasonable as he is played by James Mason. Lucy and Desi try to make the most of it, but the magic of the TV show is missing, thanks to a lame script about insecticides. Mason looks bemused, probably wondering what the heck he's doing in this movie. The cast features Schafer ("Gilligan's Island") as a meddling cousin and Kulp ("Beverly Hillbillies") as an impertinent maid.

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