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Just This Once (1952)

Passed | | Comedy | 31 July 1952 (Portugal)
Mark MacLene owes the IRS, the banks and others a lot of money. The problem is that his trust makes $1,000,000 a year, but he spends $150,000 every month. His trustee, Sam, uses the power ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Max Trell (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Leigh ... Lucy Duncan
Peter Lawford ... Mark MacLene IV
Lewis Stone ... Judge Samuel Coulter
Marilyn Erskine ... Gertrude Crome
Richard Anderson ... Tom Winters
Douglas Fowley ... Frank Pirosh
Hanley Stafford ... Mr. Blackwell
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Jeff Parma
Jerry Hausner ... Stanley Worth
Benny Rubin ... Herbert Engel
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Adam Backwith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Schallert ... Secretary (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Mark MacLene owes the IRS, the banks and others a lot of money. The problem is that his trust makes $1,000,000 a year, but he spends $150,000 every month. His trustee, Sam, uses the power of attorney and the spend thrift clause to hire frugal Lucille Duncan to manage Mark's finances. Presented with thousands of dollars for gifts and charges from the night before, she immediately cancels his charge accounts and returns as many gifts as she can. Then she puts Mark on a allowance of $50 a week, which upsets him even more. To get rid of Lucy, Mark moves in with her and makes sure that her boyfriend Tom receives a huge raise. He thinks that Tom will now marry Lucy and he will be rid of her tight control. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1952 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Falle für den Playboy See more »

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Budget:

$547,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was turned into a graphic novel, Eastern Color's Movie Love #14, published April 1952. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy, Mark, and Tom are sitting in the park looking at the birds in the water, Tom mentions swans. The birds are actually Snow Geese. See more »

Quotes

Mark MacLene IV: I'll get a job. I won't start at the bottom because it would be silly. But I won't start at the top because that would be unfair.
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References Furia (1947) See more »

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J Leigh on her way to the big time
7 April 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

I was never really impressed with peter lawford, but here, he's a rich playboy Mark MacLene. he has a family trust fund, but unfortunately he spends it faster than he gets it! Janet Leigh is Lucy, the loud, pushy, ferocious advocate. Lewis Stone is the Judge, who suggests that Lucy act as trustee to MacLene, to help curtail his spending. hijinx ensue. it's a grand caper. Richard Anderson, better known as "Oscar Goldman" from Six Million Dollar Man, is in here as Tom. and Ida Moore is the landlady... we saw her in "Desk Set", in a tiny little role. Lots of talking here. this one takes a while to get going. in one scene, they are theoretically in hawaii.... but there is quite an echo when they talk. One of the first films directed by Don Weis. It's okay. with all that talking going on, it feels like this started out as a play. it's okay.


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