Every Girl Should Be Married

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Every Girl Should Be Married
Every Girl Should Be Married FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Don Hartman
Produced by Don Hartman
Written by Stephen Morehouse Avery
Eleanor Harris (story)
Don Hartman
Starring Betsy Drake
Cary Grant
Franchot Tone
Music by Charles Trénet
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Edited by Frederic Knudtson
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release dates
  • November 9, 1948 (1948-11-09)[1]
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Every Girl Should Be Married is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by Don Hartman and starring Cary Grant, Betsy Drake and Franchot Tone. Grant and Drake married a year after the film's release.

Plot summary[edit]

Department store salesclerk Anabel Sims (Betsy Drake) is very enamored with the idea of getting married. So when handsome pediatrician Madison Brown (Cary Grant) asks for her help in making a purchase, she decides that he is the one for her.

He is quite happy as a bachelor, but Anabel proves to be a very determined schemer. She learns all she can about him, everything from where he went to school to his favorite foods. Madison soon realizes her intentions and does his best to fend off the young woman.

Anabel makes a reservation at a restaurant on a day when she knows that Madison habitually dines there. In an attempt to make him jealous, she pretends to be waiting for wealthy, thrice-married playboy Roger Sanford (Franchot Tone), who happens to be her employer and Madison's university classmate. By chance, Roger shows up. Fortunately for her, Roger believes that she is using Madison as a ruse to get acquainted with him. However, the maneuver fails; Madison's feelings remain unchanged.

Anabel comes up with more ingenious schemes, but they are all unsuccessful. However, Roger falls in love with her. He eventually asks her to marry him, but she only invites him to dinner at her home. When Anabel's best friend Julie (Diana Lynn) warns Madison, he begins to worry, knowing something of Roger's success with women. The doctor invites himself to the little soirée. While waiting for Anabel, they are unexpectedly joined by "Old Joe" (Eddie Albert), Anabel's longtime hometown beau, who announces that he and Anabel are finally going to get married. At first, Madison congratulates them, but after thinking about it, makes his own bid for her hand. Anabel leaves the decision up to Joe, who bows out, saying that he only wants her to be happy. After Joe leaves, Madison informs Anabel that her research on him was incomplete; he recognized "Joe's" voice as that of a radio performer he listens to frequently.

Main cast and characters[edit]

Cary Grant in Every Girl Should Be Married trailer.jpg Cary Grant
as Dr. Madison W. Brown
Franchot Tone in Every Girl Should Be Married trailer.jpg Franchot Tone
as Roger Sanford
Diana Lynn in Every Girl Should Be Married trailer.jpg Diana Lynn
as Julie Hudson
Betsy Drake in Every Girl Should Be Married trailer.jpg Betsy Drake
as Anabel Sims


An instrumental version of Charles Trenet's La Mer is played several times in the film.


The film made a profit of $775,000.$250,000[2]


  1. ^ "Every Girl Should Be Married: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p232

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