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Next Time I Marry (1938)

Next Time I Marry (1938)





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In this screwy romantic comedy, a young woman stands to inherit $20 million provided she marries an American citizen. To get the money, she marries the first Yankee she runs across -- with every intention of obtaining a quickie divorce in Reno as soon as the money comes through.
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RKO Pictures

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Lucille Ball
as Nancy Fleming
James Ellison
as Tony Anthony
Lee Bowman
as Count Georgi
Granville Bates
as H.E. Crocker
Robert E. Homans
as Court Bailiff
Dick Elliott
as Justice of the Peace
Florence Lake
as Justice of the Peace's Wife
Cy Kendall
as Lawyer
Grace Hayle
as Fat Gossip
Jack Albertson
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Next Time I Marry

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More pleasant than it has a right to be.

Full Review… | December 25, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Next Time I Marry


Lucille Ball is, and remains to this day, one of the funniest female comedians of all-time. Her famous TV sitcom, I Love Lucy, is still ranked as one of the funniest shows ever made and is still put at the top of the list. But Lucy also had a film career as well, and being a curious movie fan, I checked one of her films out. One of her lesser-known films, Next Time I Marry is an interesting and entertaining comedy Lucy starred about divorce. Lucille Ball plays Nancy Fleming, a rich millionaire who can only receive her inheritance if she marries an American. The first man she sees, a ditch-digger named Tony Anthony (James Elison), falls for her plan, which is to marry and then divorce in Reno. Since Nancy is already engaged to the foreigner Count Georgi (Lee Bowman), the marriage hits the papers, and Tony is accused of kidnapping. The two race to Reno and compete over who files for divorce first, but soon realize that they're falling in love at the same time. Also, Granville Bates plays HE Crocker, Nancy's rich uncle, and Mantan Moreland plays Tilby, Georgi's driver. After watching Next Time I Marry, I looked at the Tomatometer score for this, and the community score is at the dreaded 0%. 0%? Why is a comedy starring the hilarious Lucille Ball at a 0%? Sure, it's not as funny as I Love Lucy, but Lucille Ball is, you know, Lucille Ball, and this woman was born funny. Funny, funny, and pure funny, much funnier than "so-called" comedians today, like Seth McFarline. The comedy here is pretty funny. Lucy gets involved in some funny situations, such as being locked in a burning trailer, having competition with a hungry dog, gets caught up with some strangers on the road, and gets herself wet. James Elison has some laughs as the ditch-digger and her chemistry with Lucy is full of comedic energy. No, he's no Desi Arnaz, but it's not the worst couple I've seen on the screen together. Lee Bowman is memorable as the foreign count and has some fun competition with Lucy. And I also enjoyed the hungry dog seen in the film. Like Toto, he's well-trained. The story is very predictable, and I had predicted how the film was going to end, and it happened the way I predicted it. Without giving too much away, it ends on a happy note. While the story wasn't original, the cast and the comedy makes up for a familiar story. Despite a familiar story, Next Time I Marry is an entertaining and memorable comedy filled with fun comedy from Lucille Ball and features some good slapstick humor. It's short (at only an hour long), but with Lucy in the lead, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And I'm still puzzled by the 0% score. If you go to this site, you'll find the original poster for this film, if you're interested in these kinds of things.

Jacob Martin
Jacob Martin

Early Lucille Ball romantic comedy, a rather minor film, but with Garson Kanin directing and Ball starring, it can't be too bad, and it wasn't. Brisk pace, enjoyable story and quite short. Predictable, but good natured fun.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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