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The Marrying Kind (1952)

The Marrying Kind

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A master blend of comedy, domestic drama and sudden tragedy, The Marrying Kind remains one of the best collaborations between star Judy Holliday, screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, and director George Cukor. The film begins at the end, with married couple Florence and Chet Keefer (Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray) seeking a divorce. Both parties state their cases before understanding judge Carroll (Madge Kennedy)--whereupon the story of their marriage unfolds in a series of revelatory flashbacks. After an amusing recap of their courtship days, the film details the many major and minor trials and tribulations of married life. In the film's most unforgettable sequence, one of the couple's children dies by drowning while Florence and Chet are obliviously engaged in one of their petty squabbles. Throughout the testimony, the Judge gives equal time to both parties, and in so doing demonstrates that all aspects of marriage work both ways. In the final scenes, the Judge allows the Keefers to reconsider their impending divorce, but not before offering a few understanding and unobtrusive words of advice. Judy Holliday is in top form, while Aldo Ray delivers what may be his finest performance. Featured in the cast as Ray's sister-in-law is Peggy Cass in her film debut.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Garson Kanin, Ruth Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2003
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Judy Holliday
as Florence Keefer
Aldo Ray
as Chet Keefer
Madge Kennedy
as Judge Carroll
Sheila Bond
as Joan Shipley
John Alexander
as Howard Shipley
Rex Williams
as George Bastian
Phyllis Povah
as Mrs. Derringer
Peggy Cass
as Emily Bundy
Barry Curtis
as Joey (age 4)
Christopher Olsen
as Joey (age 6)
Wallace Acton
as Newhouse
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Quinn
John Elliott
as Minister
Joe McGuinn
as Bus Driver
Malan Mills
as Charlotte
Johnnie Kiado
as Musician
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Critic Reviews for The Marrying Kind

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Frighteningly grim story.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Classic Film and Television

The acting of Judy Holliday (for which the part was written) and Aldo Ray is good, but what starts as a comedy changes to a melodrama that uncharacteristically of Cukor's work is condescending to the little people.

Full Review… | December 16, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Marrying Kind

An average romantic comedy for the fifties, with a predictable story and ending, it's not all that exciting or interesting except if you're a fan of someone in the cast.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Funny, sad and compelling drama featuring perhaps Judy's best performance.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"The acting of Judy Holliday (for which the part was written) and Aldo Ray is good, but what starts as a comedy changes to a melodrama that uncharacteristically of Cukor's work is condescending to the little people."

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