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Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry is a 1986 American made-for-television romantic comedy film directed by George Schaefer and starring Katharine Hepburn and Harold Gould which premiered on CBS on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1986. It tells the story of a widow who shocks her upper-class, Anglo-American family when she announces that she has fallen in love with her Jewish doctor. His family is equally unhappy with the news, and both individuals have to fight the prejudices of their families.

Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry
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Written byJames Prideaux
Directed byGeorge Schaefer
StarringKatharine Hepburn
Harold Gould
Music byPeter Matz
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Merrill H. Karpf
Producer(s)George Schaefer
James Prideaux
Production location(s)Vancouver
CinematographyWalter Lassally
Editor(s)Andy Blumenthal
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)Schaefer/Karpf Productions
Gaylord Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 30, 1986 (1986-03-30)



Margaret Delafield, a rich elderly lady and widow of Spaulding 'Spud' Delafield (an unseen character),is rushed to hospital. She is not expected to survive, and her two sons and daughter gathering at her bedside are more concerned with their expected inheritance. Her doctor, Dr Marvin Elias, encourages her to fight. Margaret makes a full recovery and returns home to a welcome party for family and friends.

Her sons Horton and Chipper and daughter Doreen are concerned that Margaret and Marvin seem to be spending more time together than might be expected for a doctor/patient relationship. They are devastated when Margaret and Marvin announce their impending wedding, and see their inheritance slipping away. They try to persuade her to change her mind, and Marvin's children are equally doubtful.

Margaret's favourite church refuses to perform a mixed marriage (Marvin is Jewish) and Marvin's rabbi is equally unwilling. They decide on a small country church and invite all family and friends.

The wedding is a mixture of Jewish and Christian symbolism, with a monastic chorus, harp music and medieval minstrels. The families are reconciled and the newlyweds leave for a honeymoon in Hawaii.

The goings-on are observed by George, Margaret's neighbour and best friend, who breaks the fourth wall to comment on proceedings.


Award nominationsEdit

The film was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Katharine Hepburn) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special (Harold Gould).[1] George Schaefer was also nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials at the Directors Guild of America Awards.


  1. ^ "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Emmy Awards history". Primetime Emmy Awards.

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