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Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 23 August 1944 (USA)
Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

David Hertz (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Theo West
James Craig ... Capt. Miles Lancing
John Hodiak ... Lt. Tom West
Frances Gifford ... Sissy Mortimer
Hugh Marlowe ... Joseph I. Murdock
Natalie Schafer ... Irene Selworth
Keenan Wynn ... Maj. Bob Wilton
Herbert Rudley ... Ted Mortimer
Paul Cavanagh ... Mr. Selworth
Morris Ankrum ... Ed Scofield
Jane Green Jane Green ... Martha
Tom Drake ... Bill Rice
Shirley Patterson ... Mary Saunders
Neal Dodd Neal Dodd ... Minister (as Rev. Neal Dodd)
Nana Bryant ... Nurse
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Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal of Air Corps Lieutenant Tom West. After the honeymoon, Tom's father dies and Tom goes into the defense industry. When Theo has a baby, she hates the idea of being matronly and wants to be the old party girl. The problem is that her husband is working constantly. She looks to her friends, who are having their own problems, and to her old flame Captain Lancing. To decide on what she wants to do with her baby and her life, Theo must grow up. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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WEDLOCK OR PADLOCK?? (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

The novel by [updating information], upon which this film is based, was serialized in the "Ladies Home Journal" from March to September 1941. See more »

Goofs

When Lana Turner carries "Tommie" out of the room after midnight on his birthday, you can see a hand reach for the doorknob on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Courtland West: You? My dear boy. Nobody's interested in you anymore. You're just the father.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the blank pages of a "marriage memories" album. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood, la vie rêvée de Lana Turner (2018) See more »

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Aimless Pseudo-Comedy Starring The Beautiful Lana Turner
17 August 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

First let me say that Lana Turner certainly looks beautiful in her role as a woman who has no idea what she wants. Well, she does like to be pursued. And occasionally she likes the idea of marriage.

This film is listed under the comedy genre. The few forays into the realm of comedy do not make this a comedy any more than her hallucinatory scenes of past lovers makes this a science fiction film. Actually, the film cannot decide what it wants to be. The swing from lighthearted banter to life-altering urgency and back prevents the viewer from fully investing emotionally in the perils of Theo (Ms. Turner).

The only thing to recommend this film are the beautiful people who populate it. And the photography and fashion that frame them.

The script must have been worked and reworked a hundred times by numerous scribes. It is so disjointed that in the end it leaves you wondering what it was all about. Yes, there is the neat "there's no place like home"-type attempt to put a neat ribbon on it all, but it rings hollow. Just look at the pretty people and smile.


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Release Date:

23 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Felicidade Vem Depois See more »

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Budget:

$1,508,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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