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Marriage is a Private Affair
- el debbo
"Hello, I'm Lenore Coffee." has such a nice ring to it. The name of one of the writers, of course. Anyhow, I agree with a previous reviewer who said that Lana looks great in this movie. Whereas John Hodiak looked rather magnetic in 'A Bell for Adano', here he looks like a goofy Cheshire cat much of the time. I agree with Kevin's review, it says it all: "...a general, sexist feeling running throughout the film that the immature wife has to grow up for the marriage to survive while the stuffed shirt husband can remain a dull stick and no harm is done." That undercurrent in this film really annoyed me, thus 3 stars.
Watch it just to see young Lana Turner
It really is worth watching just to see her beautiful clothes, hair styles, etc. Lana looked great in all her movies, but I think she was her most gorgeous and luminous self here.
marriage is a private affair
- kevin sellers
Overly long, overly histrionic melodrama (stupidly called a comedy) with a few good scenes (chief among them a disastrous dinner party where infidelity is revealed) and two excellent performances, from Frances Gifford as a jealous adulteress and Natalie Schaefer as a snobby, amoral collector of rich husbands. (By the way, it's interesting how this actress was doing Mrs. Thurston Howell twenty years before she was on "Gilligan," huh?) The weaknesses of the too talky screenplay and the typically lackluster direction from Robert Z Leonard soon overwhelm the decent stuff. Chief among these weaknesses are an offscreen suicide of a key character, always a dramatic deflator, an absent dad showing up after neglecting his daughter for twenty some odd years and being allowed to dispense fatherly wisdom instead of being properly told to screw off, too many scenes of the main character analyzing herself instead of showing her inner traits through action, and a general, sexist feeling running throughout the film that the immature wife has to grow up for the marriage to survive while the stuffed shirt husband can remain a dull stick and no harm is done. As for Lana Turner, I agree with the previous reviewer that she's pretty good. Especially when she is given good dialogue from David Hertz and Lenore Coffee. Unfortunately, that's not often enough, and unlike Ms. Schaefer and Ms. Gifford Turner is not a good enough actress to survive mediocre writing. So let's give it a C plus.
One of Lana Turner's better lesser known films. The storyline is honest as it portrays the amambivalence a married woman feels. Theo (Turner) aims to find happiness with her husband while struggling to love herself. Lana Turner in her prime youth illuminates the screen. In this picture especially, she is arguably the most beautiful woman of Hollywoods golden era.
Strangely enough, this movie has relevance for modern marriage. I want my sister to see it, but because it's not out on video, that won't be possible. I surely hope I can buy it soon.
Marriage is a Private affair
There needs to be more Lana Turner movies put on DVD! I would buy them all. Please vote for this movie to be put on Home Video
I am named after the Lana Turner role in this film. Film released in 1944... me in 1946. I understandable have an interest in seeing it so I hope it's released to video soon.