We're Not Married!

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For the French film, see We Are Not Married (1946 film).
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
Starring See cast section
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was written by Nunnally Johnson, while the story was adapted by Dwight Taylor from Gina Kaus's and Jay Dratler's unpublished work "If I Could Remarry".[4]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.


When elderly Mr. Bush (Victor Moore) is appointed justice of the peace, he starts marrying couples on Christmas Eve. However, his appointment isn't valid until the first of January. Two years later, this issue becomes known when one of the six couples he married files divorce. To avoid a bigger scandal, the remaining five couples are informed that they are not really married.[5] The film then shows how the couples react to the news:

  • Couple #1: is Steve Gladwyn (Fred Allen) and Ramona (Ginger Rogers), a husband-and-wife radio team whose huggy-kissy behavior on the air conceals the fact that they'd dearly love to cut each other's throats.[5]
  • Couple #2: consists of stay at home father Jeff Norris (David Wayne) and his beauty contest spouse Annabel (Marilyn Monroe), who's just won the "Mrs. Mississippi" pageant.
  • Couple #3: is Hector Woodruff (Paul Douglas) and Katie (Eve Arden), who ran out of things to say to each other long ago.
  • Couple #4: is the kind millionaire Freddie Melrose (Louis Calhern) and his gold-digging young bride Eve (Zsa Zsa Gabor), who intends to divorce him and make off with his millions.
  • Couple #5: is young GI Willie Fisher (Eddie Bracken), about to be shipped out the Korean War and his pregnant wife Patsy (Mitzi Gaynor).

In the end, all but Couple #4 get remarried.

A sixth segment, starring Hope Emerson and Walter Brennan as an Ozark backwoods unmarried couple, was deleted before the film's release.[6]



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


  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. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952) - Company Credits: Distributors". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  4. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952) - Notes". TCM. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ a b "We're Not Married - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllMovie. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952) - Trivia". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  7. ^ "We're Not Married! (1952): Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 

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