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Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)

Passed | | Comedy | 25 December 1948 (USA)
A willful woman concocts an elaborate scheme to trap a handsome pediatrician into marriage.

Director:

Don Hartman

Writers:

Eleanor Harris (story), Stephen Morehouse Avery (screen play collaboration) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Dr. Madison Brown
Franchot Tone ... Roger Sanford
Diana Lynn ... Julie Howard
Betsy Drake ... Anabel Sims
Alan Mowbray ... Mr. Spitzer
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mary Nolan
Richard Gaines ... Sam McNutt
Harry Hayden ... Gogarty
Chick Chandler ... Soda Clerk
Leon Belasco ... Violinist
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Pierre
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Saleslady
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Storyline

Living in the big city, Anabel Sims, a shop girl at Roger Sanford and Co. Department Store, has matrimony at the front of her mind, but no potential husband discounting "Old Joe" back in her hometown of Greenville, he who she has no intention of marrying even if he asks her. She knows who she will want to marry once she sees the man, and believes that women should be able to take on the traditional male role in the courtship ritual in pursuing that man. It is love at first sight for her when she spots who she will learn is esteemed pediatrician Dr. Madison W. Brown, she indeed using every trick at her disposal to get him to want to marry her. She learns that he is a creature of habit, which makes it easy for her to stalk him, but she also learns that he considers himself a confirmed bachelor, and if he does decide to marry that he wants to choose his own wife rather than the other way around as he quickly learns what she is doing in constantly and "accidentally" running into him. As ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

He won't say YES! She won't take NO! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Hartman's Production of Every Girl Should Be Married See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Love interests in this film, Cary Grant and Betsy Drake tied the knot in real life less than a year after the film was released. See more »

Goofs

During Dr. Brown's lecture, his pocket handkerchief changes positions between shots, and sometimes disappears altogether. See more »

Quotes

Roger Sanford: I've been married three times. I like marriage. My wives didn't but I do.
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Connections

Referenced in The Costume Designer (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Played often throughout the picture
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"It's just the difference between G.I. Joe and General Eisenhower."
15 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Romantic comedy about a young woman (Betsy Drake) determined to snag a handsome doctor (Cary Grant) as her husband. Obviously its old-fashioned ideas will not sit will well with everybody today. Personally I didn't find anything offensive about it. Yes it's dated but I don't watch a movie from 1948 expecting it to appeal to modern sensibilities. Part of the enjoyment of watching older films, at least for me, is they are a window into the past.

Probably not something Cary Grant would have signed on to do were he not trying to help out Betsy Drake, who he was dating at the time. He helped her get an RKO contract and this was her first movie. The two would marry the following year. Cary seems to be on autopilot with the unchallenging material. But a Cary Grant only half-trying is better than most stars giving it their best. Drake is likable despite her character being a stalker. Franchot Tone plays another guy who gets roped into Drake's scheme. All in all, it's a light bit of pleasant but forgettable fluff.


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