Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry

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Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
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Written by James Prideaux
Directed by George Schaefer
Starring Katharine Hepburn
Harold Gould
Music by Peter Matz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Merrill H. Karpf
Producer(s) George Schaefer
James Prideaux
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Editor(s) Andy Blumenthal
Running time 95 minutes
Production company(s) Schaefer/Karpf Productions
Gaylord Productions
Original network CBS
Original release March 30, 1986 (1986-03-30)

Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry is a 1986 American made-for-television romantic comedy film directed by George Schaefer and starring Katharine Hepburn and Harold Gould which premiered on CBS on March 30, 1986. It tells the story of a widow who shocks her upper-class, Anglo-American family when she announces that she has fallen in love with her Jewish doctor. His family is equally unhappy with the news, and both individuals to have to fight the prejudices of their families.


Margaret Delafield, a rich elderly lady and widow of Spaulding 'Spud' Delafield (an unseen character),is rushed to hospital. She is not expected to survive, and her two sons and daughter gathering at her bedside are more concerned with their expected inheritance. Her doctor, Dr Marvin Elias, encourages her to fight. Margaret makes a full recovery and returns home to a welcome party for family and friends.

Her sons Horton and Chipper and daughter Doreen are concerned that Margaret and Marvin seem to be spending more time together than might be expected for a doctor/patient relationship. They are devastated when Margaret and Marvin announce their impending wedding, and see their inheritance slipping away. They try to persuade her to change her mind, and Marvin's children are equally doubtful.

Margaret's favourite church refuses to perform a mixed marriage (Marvin is Jewish) and Marvin's rabbi is equally unwilling. They decide on a small country church and invite all family and friends.

The wedding is a mixture of Jewish and Christian symbolism, with a monastic chorus, harp music and medieval minstrels. The families are reconciled and the newlyweds leave for a honeymoon in Hawaii.

The goings-on are observed by George, Margaret's neighbour and best friend, who breaks the fourth wall to comment on proceedings.


Award nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Katharine Hepburn) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special (Harold Gould).[1] George Schaefer was also nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials at the Directors Guild of America Awards.


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