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We're Not Married!(1952)

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The title of Gina Kaus's and Jay Dratler's unpublished story was "If I Could Remarry." Information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that Tallulah Bankhead was originally considered for the role of "Ramona Gladwyn." In reviewing the film for New York Times, Bosley Crowther noted that the Fred Allen-Ginger Rogers sequence "is not only endowed with stinging satire but with the magic of well-deserved fame. It is substantially the skit Mr. Allen and Tallulah Bankhead have played on the air as often, almost, as Lionel Barrymore had read A Christmas Carol." A August 7, 1951 Los Angeles Times news item reported that producer-writer Nunnally Johnson was writing one of the episodes for Helen Hayes. Although Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts include the following actors in the cast, their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed: Lou Mason, Bert Mustin, Bill Sundholm, Dolores Huff and Mona Knox. Hollywood Reporter production charts also include January Sterling in the cast, but she does not appear in the released film.
       According to a November 25, 1951 New York Times article, the picture was going to feature the stories of seven married couples, although the released film has only five. A March 1952 studio synopsis, contained in the PCA file, reveals that Hope Emerson and Walter Brennan were the stars of one of the dropped episodes, in which "Mattie Beaufort" (Emerson) an over-worked, rural housewife is courted by "Handsome" (Brennan), a shiftless philanderer. When Mattie receives the governor's letter notifying her of her marital status, she asks Handsome to read it for her, and he quickly feeds it to the hogs rather than have her learn that she would be free to marry him. A July 25, 1952 entry in Hollywood Reporter's "Rambling Reporter" column indicates that the sequence was filmed, but the reason for its removal from the finished picture has not been determined.
       According to a August 22, 1952 Daily Variety news item, well-known playwright J. B. Priestley filed an injunction and plagiarism suit against Twentieth Century-Fox, alleging that the film's title was too similar to that of one of his plays, When We Are Married, and also that the subject matter too closely resembled that of his play. Priestley dropped the suit shortly after it was filed, however.