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Grounds for Marriage (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 19 January 1951 (USA)
Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.


Robert Z. Leonard


Laura Kerr (screenplay), Samuel Marx (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett
Kathryn Grayson ... Ina Massine
Paula Raymond ... Agnes Oglethorpe Young
Barry Sullivan ... Chris Bartlett
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Carleton Radwin Young
Reginald Owen ... Mr. Delacorte
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Dr. Engelstaat
Richard Anderson ... Tommy
Theresa Harris ... Stella
Paula Drew Paula Drew ... Helen
Richard Atckison Richard Atckison ... Rodolpho' in 'La Boheme
Victor Desny Victor Desny ... Count de Beaugard
Robert Sherwood Robert Sherwood ... Petie
Elizabeth Flournoy Elizabeth Flournoy ... Brevarde
Torben Meyer ... Donovan


Opera singer Ina Massine tries to win back former husband Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett.

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Release Date:

19 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

J'√©pouse mon mari See more »


Box Office


$1,173,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In two movies, Kathryn Grayson sang the aria "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from 'Giacomo Puccini (I)''s acclaimed opera, "La Boheme" (lyrics by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa). Miss Grayson's black-and-white performance was done for this MGM film, and her Technicolor reprise, on loan to Warner Bros., appeared in the Grace Moore biopic, So This Is Love (1953). See more »


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Not great.
4 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Grounds for Marriage" is watchable but I also found the plot to be silly and just hate the sort of singing that Kathryn Grayson did in this film. If you like very operatic music, perhaps you won't mind it like I did.

When the film begins, you learn that Linc (Van Johnson) and Ina (Grayson) have been divorced for a few years and Linc is now planning on remarrying. Inexplicably, Ina wants Linc back--though exactly why is never really explored. In fact, it seems as if she wanted the divorce in order to follow her dream career--and now she is scheming to get him back despite him upcoming marriage to another lady.

In order to get Linc's attention, she pretends to have a throat disorder and they call for a doctor--and Linc just happens to be that doctor. Now any sane doctor would have refused the case and referred her on to another--especially since she announced that she's trying to rekindle their dead marriage. But he doesn't--and eventually you know exactly how it's all going to end.

Aside from the singing, the worst part about the film was Grayson's character. At times she was shrill and late in the film when Linc wants her back(???), she runs off in a huff--and this makes zero sense in light of her working so hard to get him. Overall, she comes off as petulant and childish and you have no idea why Linc would want her.

At the very best, this is a silly time-waster--a film to watch when you don't want anything intellectually taxing.

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