The Marriage-Go-Round (film)

The Marriage-Go-Round is a 1961 DeLuxe Color CinemaScope American comedy film directed by Walter Lang and written by Leslie Stevens. It is based on the 1958 play The Marriage-Go-Round, also penned by Stevens. The film stars Susan Hayward, James Mason, Julie Newmar, Robert Paige and June Clayworth. It was released on January 6, 1961, by 20th Century Fox.

The Marriage-Go-Round
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalter Lang
Screenplay byLeslie Stevens
Based onThe Marriage-Go-Round
1958 play
by Leslie Stevens
Produced byLeslie Stevens
StarringSusan Hayward
James Mason
Julie Newmar
Robert Paige
June Clayworth
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byJack W. Holmes
Music byDominic Frontiere
Daystar Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 6, 1961 (1961-01-06)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million[1]
Box office$1.3 million (US/Canada)[2]

It was filmed on location at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and at Stage 4 on the Twentieth Century-Fox lot.


At a Florida college, professor Paul Delville (James Mason) and wife Content (Susan Hayward), who is the school's dean of women, anticipate visitors from Sweden. The people they expect are a former colleague, Professor Sveg (Everett Glass), and his daughter Katrin (Julie Newmar).

Katrin arrives alone. The Delvilles are astounded that Katrin, whom they remember as a gangly teenager, has grown into a statuesque, blonde bombshell. Their astonishment is just the beginning because Katrin brashly announces that she wants Paul to sire a baby with her, assuring offspring with both brains and beauty.

Paul is flustered by Katrin's unwillingness to take no for an answer. She gives him a nude statue of herself, suns herself at his house in nothing but a skimpy towel, then shows up at a swim team practice in a provocative bathing suit.

Katrin's come-ons become a greater temptation, causing Content to seek the advice of a friend on campus, Dr. Ross Barnett (Robert Paige), a married professor. Ross dares her to "call his bluff", which is his way of trying to seduce Content for himself. She returns home and finds her husband and Katrin in a passionate kiss, but when he swears his allegiance and that nothing has happened, Content believes him. Katrin finally gives up and decides to try someone else.



Sol C. Siegel of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer originally bought the film rights for $400,000.[3]


Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called the film "giddily light and witty" and a "mentally strip-teasing escapade." He called Newmar a "... specimen of modernity the likes of which we have never expected to see" who "... looks like a twenty-first-century vision, standing a good 6 feet tall and being as beautifully proportioned and persuasive in personality as in physique." Crowther also complimented producer Stevens and director Lang for "settings about as crisp and colorful as one could wish and the whole movement of the running dalliance tasteful and absorbing in the limited space."[4]

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  2. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p228. Please note figures are rentals accruing to distributors.
  3. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (Aug 12, 1959). "Delinquents Seen as Small Minority: Paul Gregory Will Treat 'Em Sympathetically in Picture". Los Angeles Times. p. C9.
  4. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1961-01-07). "Movie Review – - Screen: Tangle of Libidos:'Marriage-Go-Round' in Dual Premiere Here". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-08-02.

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