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Forever, Darling (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 9 February 1956 (USA)
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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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Alexander Hall

Writer:

Helen Deutsch
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Cast

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 ... Henry Opdyke
Nancy Kulp ... Amy
Willis Bouchey ... Oliver Clinton (as Willis B. Bouchey)
Ruth Brady Ruth Brady ... Laura
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Guardian Angel See more »

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Budget:

$951,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Zanra Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

(around 38 minutes) Lorenzo plays an excerpt of "Night and Day" on his mini-accordion while out on the gazebo. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Desi Arnaz comes home from work and pauses by a table and lamp to clandestinely listen to his wife and a couple invited to dinner before announcing that he is home. A few minutes later, a front shot of Desi reveals an open, wrought iron partition with a clear view of the front door and table that he was standing by, indicating his presence would have been evident from the moment he entered the house. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Edward R. Winter: Why are you so sure he's an angel?
Susan Vega: Because, I saw him that way. I did! Because I prefer not to think of him as a man! I refuse to go about saying that there's an extremely handsome man following me. Why, if I ever heard a woman say that, I'd know what I'd think of her! You see, I know he's not there. I know its just something in my mind. But, if my mind insist that there's a very attractive man running after me; why, well, it's just comic!
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever, Darling
(reprise)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Performed by Desi Arnaz (uncredited)
[Larry sings the song to Susan while they're camping]
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entertaining and good if dated marriage advice
6 August 2004 | by PatmarieSee all my reviews

Saw this today and enjoyed it very much. Lucy and Desi of course are great and here seemed more like real people and less like stereotyped caricatures. Though made in the Fifties, much of the relationship philosophy here seemed sound and to still ring true today. One need only to look at I Love Lucy to see that limited options for wives were a widely accepted norm at that time, but this film tires to question and break out of that. When Susan is told that she and her husband have been traveling two separate paths for a long time, she asks something along the lines of, "Does the woman always have to follow her husband's path?" Her angel laughs and says "Of course not!" but gives good reasons why that's what she needs to do at this point. The well-intentioned but scary Fifties attitude toward the environment was uncomfortable but the marriage advice seemed good. The Long, Long Trailer may have had more laughs but this was more satisfying. And anything that ends in Yosemite is a plus.


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