Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
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In Hitchcock's rare foray into comedy (courtesy of a wittily risque script by Norman Krasna), Mr. Smith (Robert Montgomery) makes the mistake of telling Mrs. Smith (Carole Lombard) that if he had it to do all over again, he might not have married her. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Smith discovers that his marriage is invalid. Rather than say goodbye, the newly aroused Mr. Smith attempts to entice Mrs. Smith into the bedroom, thrilled at the prospect of an "illicit" romance. But Mrs. Smith has also been apprised that her marriage is no more--and, remembering Mr. Smith's "second thoughts", she kicks him out of the house. This comedy of misunderstanding rolls merrily along from this point onward, accommodating an uproarious scene at a fancy restaurant, a near-liaison between Mrs. Smith and new beau Gene Raymond on the World's Fair parachute jump, and a farcical denouement at a ski lodge, with Mrs. Smith's conjugally crossed skis symbolizing the carnal pleasures ahead for both Mr. and Mrs. Smith. … More
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Critic Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are teamed successfully here in a light and gay marital farce.
The result is a chucklesome comedy that fails to mount into a coruscating wave of laughter.
Many 'minor' Hitchcocks turn out to be intriguing films once you forgive them for not being thrillers.
Some sparkling moments but this rare Hitchcock comedy farce is hit and miss.
It's a cute film, not nearly as funny as most of Lombard's other comedies, but there's enough good humor in Mr. & Mrs. Smith to make it pleasant.
When all's said and done, the most that can be remarked about it is how odd it is that this Hitchcock picture is so very predictable.
Hitchcock's foray into screwball comedy is breezy fun
Hitchcock would later admit that he had no idea what he was doing out of his element.
It's so crisp and snappy that one might think Howard Hawks or Ernst Lubitsch had made it.
Offbeat comedy from Hitchcock
you can practically hear Hitchcock snoring in the director's chair
This uncharacteristic Hitchcock comedy benefits from the delightful Krasna script. And Hitchcock is wise enough to play along without imposing his style on the material.
Ill-advised comedy from Hitchcock. His thrillers often have more laughs
Audience Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The premise had legs but the story became pretty stupid halfway through. I quite liked it all the same though, the script was sharp and Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond gave good performances. For me though, Robert Montgomery's brilliant performance was enough to make me recommend, although Hitchcock fans should understand, this isn't really a Hitchcock film.More
What's glib here is what's not said by the principals, Lombard and Montgomery, fully adapting to Hitch's trick of conveying thoughts with a glance. Unfortunately one wishes for more oomph, script-wise. Lombard, as ever, effervescence itself.More
The only way I can rationalize the steaming pile of shit that is known as Mr. & Mrs. Smith was that Alfred Hitchcock had no idea what to do for his next movie or he needed to make a really big step back before taking many steps forward in the coming years. I love screwball comedies from this era but Mr. & Mrs. Smith is disappointing. Compound the fact that Hitchcock made it (comedy wasn't his specialty admittedly) and you're talking a borderline crime against humanity. Carole Lombard was admittedly beautiful but crazy as a shithouse rat to the point where I almost shut this down in the first half hour. I was filled with rage at how shitty the characters were and how the whole resolution was tacked on at the very end. I think I actually would've been happier if one of them died at the end. Watch with e x t r e m e caution and incredibly low expectations. Mr. & Mrs. Smith had a few funny moments but they didn't outweigh the painful and embarrassing ones.More
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