Marry Me! (1949 film)
Marry Me! (alternative title: I Want to Get Married) is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Terence Fisher, and starring Derek Bond, Susan Shaw, Patrick Holt, Carol Marsh and David Tomlinson.
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
|Produced by||Betty Box|
|Written by||Lewis Gilbert|
|Music by||Clifton Parker|
|Edited by||Gordon Pilkington|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|7 June 1949|
|Box office||£63,000 (by 1953)|
The movie was formerly known as I Want to Get Married.
David Haig (David Tomlinson) is a newspaper journalist who is instructed by his Editor to go under cover at a popular matchmaking service, as romance is one of the subjects he identifies as being of particular interest to the Gazette's readership.
The film covers several relationships between various couples, including a French woman running from her abusive boyfriend and seeking citizenship; a butler, his master and a schoolteacher; and an attractive girl in a restaurant who falls for a priest.
The film has elements of dark drama and self-pity which refer to lost love; but it is primarily a romantic comedy. The gentle romances are successful, even if they take a little "slapstick" to achieve.
All but three people reedem themselves, are redeemed, or reform; those exceptions being the hardened muderer; the smug 'Gentleman's Gentleman'; and the forlon, melancholy Hostess, who resigns herself to despair.
- Derek Bond as Andrew Scott
- Susan Shaw as Pat Cooper
- Patrick Holt as Martin Roberts
- Carol Marsh as Doris Pearson
- David Tomlinson as David Haig
- Zena Marshall as Marcelle Duclos
- Guy Middleton as Sir Gordon Blake
- Nora Swinburne as Enid Lawson
- Brenda Bruce as Brenda Delamere
- Jean Cadell as Hester Parsons
- Denis O'Dea as Saunders
- Alison Leggatt as Miss Beamish
- Beatrice Varley as Mrs. Perrins
- Albert Lieven as Louis Renier
- Cyril Chamberlain as PC Jackson
- Albert Lieven as Louis Renier (uncredited)
- George Merritt (actor) as Gazette Editor (uncredited)
- Eric Pohlmann as Mr. Cinelli (uncredited)
- John Salew as Charlie
- Hal Osmond as Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
- Anne Valery as Girl in David's Office (uncredited)
- Geoffrey Denton as Club Patron with Pat and Brends
Anthony Steel has a small role, in one of his first appearances on screen.
The film was a box office flop, recording a loss of £67,600. Bosley Crowther in The New York Times found the first third of the film "a delight to watch," but, despite convincing dialogue and an "excellent cast", "the film as a whole is a disappointingly contrived package job". Crowther thought that the best story, with Guy Middleton, "rates inclusion in one of the Somerset Maugham showcases", but he concluded that the writers "have blunted their ingenious stories with some melodramatic and whimsical resolutions. Terrence Fisher's direction is strictly assembly-line."
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