We're Not Married!

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We're Not Married!
We're Not Married.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Produced by Nunnally Johnson
Written by Jay Dratler
Gina Kaus
Dwight Taylor
Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson
Cinematography Leo Tover
Edited by Louis R. Loeffler
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • July 11, 1952 (1952-07-11)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million (US rentals)[1]

We're Not Married! is a 1952 American anthology romantic comedy film, directed by Edmund Goulding[2] and released by 20th Century Fox.[3]

The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson, while the story was adapted by Dwight Taylor from Gina Kaus's and Jay Dratler's unpublished work "If I Could Remarry".[4]

The film starred Victor Moore, Ginger Rogers, Fred Allen, Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, Eve Arden, Paul Douglas, Eddie Bracken, and Mitzi Gaynor. Co-stars included Louis Calhern, Zsa Zsa Gabor, James Gleason, Paul Stewart, and Jane Darwell.

Plot[edit]

When elderly Mr. Bush (Victor Moore) is appointed justice of the peace, he starts marrying couples on Christmas Eve. However, his appointment takes effect on the first of January. Later, this issue becomes known when one of the six couples he married files for divorce. To avoid a bigger scandal, the remaining five couples are informed that they are not really married. The film then shows how the other couples react to the news

Steve (Fred Allen) and Ramona Gladwyn (Ginger Rogers) are a husband-and-wife radio team whose on-air loving behavior on their show "Breakfast with the Glad Gladwyns" conceals the fact that they cannot stand each other. However, they do not want to lose their large salaries. When they arrive outside the marriage license bureau, they encounter a happy couple leaving. The sight makes Steve reconsider his relationship with Ramona, then she does too.

The second couple is Jeff (David Wayne) and Annabel (Marilyn Monroe) Norris. Annabel has just won the "Mrs. Mississippi" pageant. Jeff is fed up with taking care of their child, while Annabel and her manager Duffy (James Gleason) are out preparing to compete for the title of "Mrs. America". Jeff is delighted at the prospect of getting Annabel back when he learns they are not married. He sees to it that she loses her title, but in the end is pleased when his now-fiancée wins the "Miss Mississippi" contest.

Bush remembers Hector (Paul Douglas) and Katie Woodruff (Eve Arden) talking constantly, but they have now run out of things to say to each other. When Hector gets the letter from Bush, he imagines seeing all his gorgeous girlfriends again, then burns the letter before Katie sees it.

Kind millionaire Freddie Melrose (Louis Calhern) is married to a young gold-digger named Eve (Zsa Zsa Gabor). When Freddie goes on a business trip, she agrees to meet him at his hotel, but instead sets him up. Another woman shows up instead, followed shortly afterward by three men who witness his fake adultery. Eve and her attorney, Stone (Paul Stewart), inform Freddie that while Eve is entitled by law to half his assets in a divorce, they want much more, threatening him with criminal charges. Bush's letter arrives just in time to save him.

Young soldier Wilson "Willie" Fisher (Eddie Bracken) is about to be shipped out to Hawaii and the "Asiatic-Pacific Theater." At the train station, his wife Patsy (Mitzi Gaynor) arrives late and just has time to tell him she is pregnant before his train leaves. He is unable to tell her that they are not married. He sends her a telegram, urging her to meet him at the port. There, he goes AWOL in order to try to marry her, while dodging two MPs. However, he is caught and thrown in the brig, and his ship sets sail. Fortunately, a military chaplain notices an upset Patsy and manages to extract the story from her. He then arranges for her and Willie to get married by radio.

According to Turner Classic Movies, there were originally supposed to be seven couples.[5] A sixth segment, starring Hope Emerson and Walter Brennan as Ozark backwoods people, was actually filmed, according to the July 25, 1952 The Hollywood Reporter, but was dropped for an unknown reason.[5] The scene is shown and discussed in Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults. Brennan says Emerson's husband works her too hard, and that he would take care of her if only they could be married. The letter arrives, but Emerson can't read it without her glasses. She hands the letter to Brennan and goes to retrieve more food for Brennan. Brennan reads the letter, and then feeds it to the pig so Brennan doesn't have to follow through with his promise to marry her.[6]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Bosley Crowther, critic for The New York Times, wrote that "it must be said for Mr. Johnson and Mr. Goulding that they cut their capers well and came forth with a tailored entertainment that is one of the snappiest of the year."[3] Crowther's favorite segment involved the one couple who did not remarry.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Song[7] Performer(s) Note(s)
"Cuddles" Sung by the lunch room counter man Written by Edmund Goulding
"The Wedding March" Played during the opening credits From A Midsummer Night's Dream (Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
"The First Noel" Sung during the opening scene -
"Silent Night, Holy Night" Sung by the carolers when the Gladwyns get married Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
"Waltz from 'Coppélia'" Played after Ramona turns on the light while getting up Music by Léo Delibes
"Home, Sweet Home" Played on the organ at the beginning of the radio show Music by Henry Bishop
"Sweet and Lovely" Played during the bathing beauty contest Written by Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias and Neil Moret (as Jules LeMare)
"Baby Face" Played after Annabel is handed the trophy Music by Harry Akst
"Perfidia" Played on the radio when Hector is telling Katie about the Latin Quarter Written by Alberto Domínguez

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952) - Cast & Crew: Director". TCM. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c Bosley Crowther (July 12, 1952). "' We're Not Married,' Fox Farce by Nunnally Johnson, New Feature at Roxy Theatre". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952) - Notes". TCM. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ a b "Notes". Turner Classic Movies. 
  6. ^ Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults [Video file]. (1997). USA: 20th Century Fox/Image Entertainment.
  7. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952): Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 

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