Dream Wife (1953)





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Clemson Reade (Cary Grant) is the kind of man who wants to marry an old-fashioned girl, one who will stay home and take care of her husband. However, he's fallen in love with Priscilla "Effie" Effington (Deborah Kerr), who has an exciting career with the State Department that she has no intention of giving up. Clemson has the poor timing of proposing marriage to Effie just as she's in the middle of trying to resolve a major political crisis with the Middle Eastern nation of Bukistan; the United States wants to stay on Bukistan's good side, thanks to their plentiful reserves of oil. Tired of waiting for Effie, Clemson decides that he needs to find a potential bride who will follow his lead instead of her own, and he soon meets Princess Tarji (Betta Saint John), daughter of the King of Bukistan, who has spent her life learning to faithfully serve her man. Clemson half-seriously sends a telegram proposing marriage to Tarji, which touches off a political tempest in a teapot when Tarji responds by visiting the United States. The State Department decides that someone should look after Tarji while she's in America, and who should be given the assignment but Effie; to Clemson's chagrin, Effie uses her time with Tarji to enlighten her about the more liberated status of women in the West. By the way, don't bother looking for Bukistan in your atlas, the country doesn't really exist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Walter Pidgeon
as Walter McBride
Les Tremayne
as Ken Landwell
Cary Grant
as Clemson Reade
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Landwell
Bruce Bennett
as Charlie Elkwood
Richard Anderson
as Henry Malvine
Kathleen Freeman
as Chambermaid
Robert Nichols
as Elevator Boy
Dean Miller
as George
Buddy Baer
as Vizier
John Alvin
as Reporter
Aram Katcher
as Bukistanian/Messenger
Dabbs Greer
as Elevator Boy
Mary Lawrence
as Mrs. Malvine
Dan Tobin
as Mr. Brown
Edward Cassidy
as Customs Official
Bernie Gozier
as Bukistanian
Forbes Murray
as Man at Airport
Dick Rich
as Delivery Man
as Rima
Rudy Rama
as Servant
Lynne Marie Brown
as Miss Temple
Kay Riehl
as Woman
Gayne Whitman
as Man at Airport
June Clayworth
as Mrs. Elkwood
William Hamel
as Reporter
Jim Cronin
as Bellhop
Faire Binney
as Mrs. Parker
Merrill McCormack
as Bukistanian
Charles Sullivan
as Truck Driver
Dan Barton
as Sailor
Gordon Richards
as Sir Cecil
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Donald Dillaway
as Man at Airport
Jack Chefe
as Captain
Marjorie Liszt
as Woman Cab Driver
Jonathan Cott
as Marine
Perry Sheehan
as Evelyn the Receptionist
Gail Bonney
as `Mommy'
William Vedder
as Old Man
Hassan Khayyam
as Bukistanian Priest
Jimmy Moss
as Small Boy
Dorothy Kennedy
as Reporter
Jack George
as Clarence
Lillian Culver
as Woman at Airport
Beryl McCutcheon
as Secretary
Vernon Rich
as McBride's Assistant
Paul F. Smith
as Bellhop
Andre D'Arcy
as Bukistanian
Mohamed Ilbagi
as Bukistanian
Bob Lugo
as Guard
Margaret Hedin
as Secretary
Inez Gorman
as Secretary
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Flat sex farce.

Full Review… | July 20, 2011
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Another Cary Grant film crossed off the list, and another that was interesting but didn't fully grab me, if only because I can't exactly relate to any of the problems contained therein. Grant wants an old fashioned woman, so rather than try to make it work with his busy, professionally driven love interest, played by Deborah Kerr, so he soon moves on to date a Princess who seems to know her 'place'. It's watchable, but I wasn't blown away by it.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Had its moments mostly because of the charisma of the cast, but the plot was naive.

Nicolas Korovessis
Nicolas Korovessis

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