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Dream Wife (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 June 1953 (USA)
A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.

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Sidney Sheldon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Clemson Reade
Deborah Kerr ... Effie
Walter Pidgeon ... Walter McBride
Betta St. John ... Tarji
Eduard Franz ... Khan of Bukistan
Buddy Baer ... Vizier
Les Tremayne ... Ken Landwell
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Ali
Bruce Bennett ... Charlie Elkwood
Richard Anderson ... Henry Malvine
Dan Tobin ... Mr. Brown
Movita ... Rima
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Jean Landwell
June Clayworth ... Mrs. May Elkwood
Dean Miller ... George
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Storyline

Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji's father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding. Effie! Written by Debbie Dunlap <dwdunlap@erols.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream Wife See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,565,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the AFI Catalog entry for this film, this is the first picture directed and produced by Sidney Sheldon, although he is uncredited in the producer role. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, from shot to shot, there is complete lack of consistency as to which leg Cary Grant has crossed over the other. See more »

Quotes

Clemson Reade: [as they walk toward the altar for their wedding] What can you expect from a woman? You're weak, helpless, and nothing but trouble. And that goes for all of you. Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote about slaves, didn't she? Well, it sure takes one to know one.
Tarji: She great woman. She write Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Clemson Reade: Susan B. Anthony...
Tarji: Susan B. Anthony fight for woman's vote. And that not all. Carry Country...
Clemson Reade: Carry Nation!
Tarji: Carry Nation.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Deborah Kerr (1953) See more »

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Tarjis Song
By Charles Wolcott and Jamshid Sheibani
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What A Mess
23 May 2010 | by Ethereal-CloudSee all my reviews

I really love Cary Grant but this movie must have been one of those scripts that crossed his desk and was marked with a $$$ sign on it.

There's no excuse for such schlock. There was no chemistry with his fiancée 'Effie' and there was none with his 'to be bride' Tarji'. The whole damn movie was a mess. There's probably some goofs that's going to complain about racism or sexism in the whole mess, I was just wondering if there was another movie that the very cute actress Betta St. John is in. She's a looker but even she's no reason to bother with this flop of a 'movie'. I wonder what were they thinking???? I honestly can't give this more than a couple of stars in good faith.


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