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The Marrying Kind

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THE MARRYING KIND reteams Oscar(r) winner Judy Holliday (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Born Yesterday, 1950) with Oscar(r)-- winning director George Cukor (Best Director, My Fair Lady, 1964) and playwright Garson Kanin, along with Ruth Gordon, in a groundbreaking blend of comedy, fantasy and tragedy which chronicles the relationship of a young couple on the verge of divorce. In the private chambersof Judge Carroll (Madge Kennedy), Florence (Holliday) and Chet Keefer (Aldo Ray in an impressive debut starring role) retrace their bumpy courtship and marriage in flashback. Idealistic young dreamers who meet and marry, the Keefers raise two children, experience financial woes, petty jealousy and seemingly insurmountable heartbreaking loss. The perfect casting of the two leads, a hilarious dreamsequence, excellent use of real New York City locations and realistic and humorous depictions of marital strife add up to superior entertainment. Fresh from the tremendous critical and commercial su

From the dour vantage point of divorce court, Florence (Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday) and Chet Keefer (Aldo Ray) recount the tale of their rocky marriage. Despite its jaunty title, The Marrying Kind is a surprisingly realistic portrait of marriage, with all its expectations, disappointments, compromises, fights, and intimacies. Florence and Chet are tested by trouble and loss, but it's finally good fortune that threatens to pull them apart. The judge in their case, however, thinks they should give it another try. Holliday perfected a ditzy/sexy persona that other actresses have emulated but never quite equalled; The Marrying Kind gave her the opportunity to show her dramatic chops. Though she rises to the challenge, the movie is an awkward blend of humor and pathos. Fans of hoarse-voiced palooka Ray will enjoy his equally strong performance in this, his movie debut. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Aldo Ray, Griff Barnett, Judy Holliday, Mickey Shaughnessy, Madge Kennedy
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Producers: Bert Granet
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C23T3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Marrying Kind" on IMDb

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sal on October 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Marrying Kind, starring Judy Holiday and Aldo Ray, is another terrific collaboration between director George Cukor and the husband and wife writing team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. These guys brought you Adam's Rib and Pat and Mike, among other wonderful battle of the sexes smart thoughtful comedies of the 40's and 50's.
The film uses a Rashamon techinique and a flashback structure to tell the story of the courtship and marriage of two middle class New Yorkers (he works for the post office but has big dreams, she's an office assistant but upon marriage, becomes a homemaker and mom)and was shot on location in 1950's New York. It begins in divorce court and proceeds to show you how these two met, fell in love and plain just got by over the period of several years.
It was Judy Holiday's first starring role. She is funny and charming and gutsy and real. The great surprise,,however(though he showed great comic skills as the boxer in Adam's Rib), is Aldo Ray, later the stolid solider in many a WW II epic. Here he portrays the sweet, hardworking, loving dreamer who marries Judy, tries to give her a better life, but continually falls short of reaching those dreams.
The film has an almost American neo-realistic feel about it. It's a sweet, comic, sometimes dramatic, slice of life. Scenes have true comedic power and Holiday and Ray are wonderfully believable together. The dialogue has the unmistakable Gordon-Kanin ring of truth. An excellent and mostly unknown gem.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Randy Buck VINE VOICE on February 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
George Cukor, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon were the best kind of fans for Judy Holliday; they made it possible for her to create great roles in wonderful pictures. From her carefully-sheparded movie debut in a supporting role in ADAM'S RIB (where Katherine Hepburn graciously yielded the screen to Judy's comic talents) to her Oscar-winning turn repeating her Broadway success in BORN YESTERDAY, Holliday gave us an unforgettable gallery of women, and her work was never finer than in THE MARRYING KIND. Matched with Cukor's protoge (ahem!), Aldo Ray, Judy is remarkable in this role, playing an ordinary housewife whose marriage is on the brink of dissolving. Her big scene in the park mid-picture is a perfect example of her unique ability to make you laugh and break your heart in quick succession. Lovely, lovely work from all concerned, and an extremely rewarding small movie that casts a big shadow.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMurry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2003
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I am a big fan of Judy Holliday's romantic comedies from the 1950's and own Born Yesterday, It Should Happen to You (with Jack Lemmon in his first movie appearance), The Solid Gold Cadillac, and Bells Are Ringing (with Dean Martin). I was expecting The Marrying Kind to also be a comedy, and I was disappointed to find out that it consists far more of pathos than comedy. It shows in flashbacks the decline of the 7-year marriage of a couple on the verge of divorce, and nowadays we might call this film a "dramedy." However, once I'd adjusted to the fact that I wasn't watching Judy in all-out comedy, I enjoyed the movie for what it is. Particularly that it centers almost completely around the relationship (and interactions) of the two main characters, Florence (Judy) and Chet Keefer (Aldo Ray). Because they are on stage alone together most of the movie, it really showcases their individual talents as actors, and they work extremely well together as a dramatic pairing.
Aside from the acting and the story, there are several other things that I found especially fascinating about the film: first, the use of real New York City locations from the early 50s--it is amazing how much the city has changed in 50 years! Second, the movie's portrayal of working-class, urban marriage feels extremely real and accurate for that era (other than their very roomy apartment), and because of that, it offers an intriguing window into that time period. Finally, I was very taken by the style of the dialogue. Not being either an expert on linguistics or the writing history of playwrights Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, I couldn't be sure if they were merely being stylistic, or if they intended to offer a very accurate portrayal of a specific New York dialect.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hart on October 29, 2003
Format: DVD
There's not much I can say about this neglected gem (on DVD BEFORE "Bells Are Ringing" and AFTER "Born Yesterday"!) that isn't already in these reviews. It's my favorite Judy Holliday flick, although I saw "Bells" first and first came to love Holliday through that movie. This movie is intimate, warm, realistic, gentle and it has humor (as much as Garson Kanin can muster, I guess, I really do think he, even when working with his wife, is grossly overrated). Holliday's climax to the park scene is certainly well done, but it is also identical to her getting hit in the face in "Born Yesterday." She did it good, she did it great, but she did it twice. And Aldo Ray is perfect as the loving, loveable, earnest, well-meaning husband. I thought he and Holliday were very good together. I loved this low-key little movie, and I think it will please (as it kindly attempts to do) anyone who likes this kind of thing.
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