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the marrying kind
- kevin sellers
Count me in with Disinterested Spectator in having a rather tepid response to this uncharacteristically dreary George Cukor offering with a tacked on, and thoroughly unconvincing, Happy Ending. It's not a total waste of time. No Cukor film is ever that, not even his horrible last one with Candy Bergen and Jackie Bisset doing cut rate Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis. I mean, Aldo Ray makes a decent screen debut playing a sensitive lug (although the studio's pushing him ahead of the other cast members in that embarrassing "Don't Miss Our New Personality Aldo Ray in his next picture!" coda is crass to say the least, but I don't blame Cukor for that) and Judy Holliday in a drama is, for me at least, easier to take than her usual Dumb Yet Shrill Blonde comedic persona, and certain scenes like the roller skate disaster with the in laws have the ol Cukor touch which sparkles and disturbs in equal measure. But there are simply too many scenes that are carbon copies of each other, notably the ones of Ray and Holliday bickering, scenes which are shocking in their dearth of drama and flatness of dialogue. The usually astute and witty writing team of Kanin and Gordon really phones it in on this one. Solid C. P.S. Dumb title. Totally gives away the ending. Not that we're ever in any doubt, given the predictability of Kanin and Gordon's screenplay.
Similarities with "Penny Serenade"
- disinterested spectator
The plot of this movie is similar to "Penny Serenade," produced eleven years earlier. In both movies, a husband and wife decide to separate. Flashbacks take us back to when they first met, fell in love, and got married. In both movies, the marriage seems pretty good, so we keep wondering what the problem is. Then a child dies. This provides a reason for their unhappiness, but since in both movies the death is no one's fault, there is no blame or guilt associated with it. Therefore, we know that it this is something that they will eventually get over. The moral of the story seems to be that people who are in an unhappy marriage should stay together and work things out. There is something irritating about the way both movies are dismissive of just how miserable a marriage can be, as if married couples who want a divorce simply don't realize how much they really love each other.
The Marrying Kind
A wonderful movie! Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray (what a Hunk!) make you feel as if you are right there watching a couple you care about. All so believable and true to nature, at that time. Wish it were available at TCM.
I loved it!
The film was exceptional. The whole story felt so... real. I felt like I was literally witnessing the fights between the two, and like I was really in the office of the lawyer. A must see!
available on DVD
It is also being offered on Ebay on DVD. I love Judy Holiday, she is one of the most gifted comedians of her time.
It is available on DVD
- Carol Dolce
I bought this movie a few weeks ago on DVD from Amazon. TCM should also offer it for purchase. Sweet little film.
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