We're Not Married (1952)





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Having supped full of success with the multi-storied O. Henry's Full House, 20th Century-Fox assembled another all-star "omnibus" film, We're Not Married. The unifying factor of this enjoyable seriocomedy is provided by justice-of-the-peace Melvin Bush (Victor Moore), who learns to his horror that his license is invalid. Bush and his wife (Jane Darwell) feverishly track down the five couples whom he has married "illegally" to inform them of the fact and invite them to renew their vows. Couple #1 is Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers, a husband-and-wife radio team whose huggy-kissy behavior on the air conceals the fact that they'd dearly love to cut each other's throats. Couple #2 consists of David Wayne and his contest-happy spouse Marilyn Monroe, who's just won the "Mrs. Mississippi" pageant. Couple #3, Paul Douglas and Eve Arden, ran out of things to say to each other long ago. Couple #4 is millionaire Louis Calhern and his avaricious young bride Eva Gabor, who intends to jilt the old coot and make off with his millions. And Couple #5 is young GI Eddie Bracken and his pregnant wife Mitzi Gaynor. When Bush delivers the news that these unions aren't legal in the eyes of the state, the results range from poignant to hilarious: particularly satisfying is Calhern's puckish revenge on his gold-digging wife. And yes, that is Lee Marvin as Eddie Bracken's army buddy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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Ginger Rogers
as Ramona Gladwyn
Fred Allen
as Steven S. 'Steve' Gladwyn
Victor Moore
as Justice of the Peace Melvin Bush
Marilyn Monroe
as Annabel Jones Norris
David Wayne
as Jeff Norris
Eve Arden
as Katie Woodruff
Paul Douglas
as Hector Woodruff
Eddie Bracken
as Willie Fisher
Mitzi Gaynor
as Patsy Fisher
Louis Calhern
as Freddie Melrose
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Eve Melrose
Paul Stewart
as Attorney Stone
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Bush
Al Bridge
as Detective Magnus
Tom Powers
as Attorney General
Victor Sutherland
as Gov. Bush
Alan Bridge
as Detective Magnus
Harry Golder
as Radio Announcer
Lee Marvin
as Pinky
Forbes Murray
as Mississippi Governor
Maurice Cass
as Organist
Marjorie Liszt
as Daughter on Radio
Maude Wallace
as Autograph Hound
Richard Buckley
as Mr. Graves
Selmar Jackson
as Chaplain Hall
Alvin Greenman
as Man in Radio Station
Eddie Firestone
as Man in Radio Station
Steve Pritko
as MPs at Railroad Station
Robert Dane
as MPs at Railroad Station
James Burke
as Master Sgt. Nuckols
Edwin Max
as Counterman
Richard Reeves
as Brigadier General
Ralph Dumke
as Twitchell
Harry Antrim
as Justice of the Peace
Byron Foulger
as License Bureau Clerk
Harry Harvey
as Postman
Selmer Jackson
as Dr. Ned
Harry Carter
as Chaplain Hall
Dabbs Greer
as Man at Miss Mississippi Contest
Emile G. Meyer
as Beauty Contest Announcer
Henry Faber
as State Trooper
Larry Stamps
as State Trooper
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Critic Reviews for We're Not Married

All Critics (2)

Uneven but entertaining multi-star comedy.

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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June 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for We're Not Married

5 short stories tied together with a simple plot device: a marrying judge is not officially recognised for another week, yet performs 5 ceremonies unaware of the time element. And so we get to look in on the lives of those couples who discover that they have to decide whether or not to marry again, and this time legally. The opener has Ginger Rogers and Fred Allen as a bickering pair of "happy" morning radio personalities. Though their story is lame, the performance they put on of their program is okay. None of the stories are wow! worthy. I liked best the tale of the golddigger Zsa Zsa Gabor's comeuppance when she tries to bamboozle hapless mogul Louis Calhern. The affair as a whole is only mildly entertaining.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Somewhat enjoyable, but the movie is unable to gel due to the vignette story structure. A few slightly funny parts, but not really worth the watch.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

Boring and disjointed.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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