Let's Make it Legal
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Although this film has been entered into the Marilyn Monroe collection and features her photo on the cover, this is one of her early roles and therefore she is hardly in the film. Her part is as a client of Carey. She performs the way a new actress would, slightly forced but undeniably sexily.
The real star of this film is Claudette Colbert, obviously older than she was in her prime but still quite beautiful. She plays her part confidently as the epitome of a desirable woman who takes care of her family with ease and still has time to do the things that make her happy.
Zachary Scott is attractive and somewhat reminiscent of Clark Gable, a co-star of Colbert's in several films. However, he does not have the same chemistry with her that Gable did.
MacDonald Carey, however, does. Even in the few scenes in which his character gets along with his former wife, sparks fly.
Barbara Bates is very beautiful as the daughter of the separated pair. She plays her part sympathetically as the new adult who cannot do anything for herself. She is appropriately childlike.
Overall, this film is better than one might expect. It is peppered with witty dialogue and a sweet plot. It is certainly no masterpiece, but it is a nice way to spend 76 minutes.
Claudette Colbert plays Miriam, who is in the final stages of divorcing her gambling husband Hugh (Macdonald Carey). But Hugh wants to stay married and is willing to pull every trick in the book to ensure Miriam stays with him. Competition arrives in the form of Victor (Zachary Scott), Miriam's highschool sweetheart, a self-made millionaire who quickly begins wooing her all over again. It's going to be the battle to end all battles as Hugh and Victor go head-to-head in their efforts to win Miriam.
Barbara Bates and a young Robert Wagner co-star. Marilyn Monroe's role of Joyce, a client of Hugh's, is quite small, but Fox has issued this film and a few others as supplements to the `Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection' box sets. Fans will enjoy it, but fans of Claudette Colbert will love it even more.
There aren't many laughs in this "comedy" but Claudette is always worth watching and she is a vision in two very beautiful gowns here that show off her ageless figure to full advantage. Marilyn, 23 years her junior, had a right to be worried! It's fun to see lovely young MM quite early in her career but she's about the film's only other highlight. Neither Carey or Scott are particularly charismatic leading men or ones with a flair for comedy. Robert Wagner, 21, is boyishly handsome but has little ability at this point to speak his lines with any sincerity; Barbara Bates is somewhat better although her character is not particularly sympathetic. The baby girl is adorable though and it's fun to see familiar TV faces Kathleen Freeman and Frank Cady in small roles. A young Roger Moore reportedly has a bit in this but is tough to spot.Read more ›
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There has been a lot of reflection lately in the media, on the political stump and around the water cooler by those older generations, the dwindling number of Great Depression and... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Alfred Johnson
Let's Make It Legal is a comedy movie that came out way back in 1951. Miriam (Claudette Colbert) and Hugh Halsworth (Macdonald Carey) are in the process of getting divorced after a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gene Belflower
A great old movie, my favorite kind, but I object to Marilyn's small part being the biggest selling point, the other female stars were also gorgeous. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Movielover
Came very quickly and just as described. I'm very happy with itPublished 10 months ago by Jennifer N.
Marilyn's 13th effort and yet again gets a bit part. In reality, this is a Claudette Colbert movie with Marilyn in a small supporting role. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Leland
A leading candidate for worst ever movie. The characters played by the 5 leads, Colbert, Carey, Scott, Bates & Wagner are among the most moronic and repugnant ever assembled in one... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ken Taylor (Manchester, England)
This film is so much fun! If you like the old classic romantic comedies, you'll love Claudette Colbert and Macdonald Carey in this one. See a young Robert Wagner too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by VintageMovieLover
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