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We're Not Married (1952)

Ginger Rogers , Marilyn Monroe , Edmund Goulding  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore, Fred Allen, David Wayne
  • Directors: Edmund Goulding
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Dwight Taylor, Gina Kaus, Jay Dratler
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FR56G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "We're Not Married" on IMDb

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Anyone who thinks everyone in the 1950s held marriage sacred hasn't seen We're Not Married, one of the more gleefully cynical snipes ever aimed at that fundamental institution. Five couples discover that their marriages aren't legal--Ginger Rogers and Fred Allen as a bickering pair of beloved radio personalities; Marilyn Monroe as a beauty contestant with her oppressed house-husband, David Wayne; Eve Arden and Paul Douglas as a chatty pair who've run out of conversation; Louis Calhern as a kindly tycoon married to gold-digging Zsa Zsa Gabor; and Eddie Bracken as a soldier who's just learned his not-quite-wife Mitzi Gaynor is pregnant. Into their lives comes a letter from the government revealing the truth about their unions, and suddenly everyone considers what their lives might be, if only... We're Not Married spins five variations on a theme, with smart, sly, and sardonic results. --Bret Fetzer

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A fun-loving comedy about a judge (Victor Moore) who unknowingly marries a number of couples before his appointment is official. Years later, when the couples discover their vows aren't valid, the results vary from hilarious to heartbreaking. Marilyn Monroe stars as a young mother on the beauty pageant circuit whose husband (David Wayne) wishes she would stay home. Finding out that they're not legally hitched, they wonder whether it's wise to stay together. Other couples questioning their vows include a pair of eternally bickering radio performers (Ginger Rogers and Fred Allen) and a pregnant bride (Mitzi Gaynor) whose husband (Eddie Bracken) is going off to war. Along with Zsa Zsa Gabor as a fortune-hunting shrew trying to take her tycoon husband (Louis Calhern) for everything he's got, in this classic comedy explores the true meaning of marriage.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " inform you that you are not legally married." August 30, 2003
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"In one week, he laid six time bombs. ... He jumped the gun. The appointment was for 1 January. This clown began marrying people before he had the authority!" That's what the attorney general tells the Governor Bush (!!!) of (I presume Louisiana), as the story opens in Gretna Green. That clown is Judge Melvin Bush (Victor Moore), a doddering but well-meaning old man. His daughter-in-law, the governor's wife, proposes that they write the couples of the mistake and let them take it from there.
The first couple, Steve and Ramona Gladwyn (Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers) have the funniest moments of all five. However, two and a half years after their marriage, they live in a totally hostile atmosphere, and they don't need help from that thunderstorm outside in the opening waking up segment. Avoiding each other, slamming doors, not saying a word--imagine what this couple think about each other. They are hosts of a radio breakfast program that mentions products of their latest sponsors. As Steve puts it, we're "having a bit of good, clean, nauseating fun over the bacon in eggs in the morning." We actually get a sample of their show, the Glad Gladwyns, and it's funny: "I did what so many society women do these days. I went to Madame Yvonne's Hairdo Heaven Madame Yvonne uses the Sensational Hairdresser. It contains that new mystery ingredient... chicken fat!"
The second involves Jefferson and Annabelle Norris (David Wayne and Marilyn Monroe) of Senatobia, Mississippi. Mrs. Norris has just won the Mrs. Mississippi beauty pageant, and I would definitely have voted for her. While she's out winning contests, her husband is stuck feeding the baby and doing the kitchenwork.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no deleted sequence? April 11, 2004
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This is a funny movie, especially the Fred Allen and Ginger Rogers section, with a great cast but why didn't Fox include the deleted sequence with Walter Brennan and Hope Emerson as an extra? It's included on the Hidden Hollywood Fox DVD and it's been shown on AMC. It should've been included on this disc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star-studded comedic romp from 1952 July 8, 2003
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We're Not Married is a star-studded comedy from 1952 that helped catapult Marilyn Monroe to stardom. Ginger Rogers gets top billing, but the spotlight is shared by just about everyone in this terrific cast. The premise of the movie centers around a rather scatterbrained, newly appointed (by his nephew the governor) justice of the peace who marries a number of couples immediately after receiving his formal letter on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, his appointment was not official until January 1, meaning that over two years later several couples from many walks of life suddenly discover that they are not legally married. The reaction of each couple to this news is, to say the least, quite varied. Ginger Rogers and Fred Allen play a popular morning show husband and wife team who get paid to sound like the happiest couple on earth, yet they no longer even speak to each other off the air; they treat the news at first as a miracle come true. Marilyn Monroe plays a beauty contestant who has to give up her newly-won crown of Mrs. Mississippi, much to the delight of her exceedingly domesticated husband (David Wayne). The Woodruffs (Paul Douglas and Eve Arden) are perhaps the most typical married couple, conversing about only the most mundane topics when they speak at all, and the husband cannot help but entertain thoughts of painting the town red once again with a different woman on his arm each night. The news arrives in the form of divine justice for wealthy businessman Freddie Melrose (Louis Calhern), whose gold-digging wife (Zsa Zsa Gabor) is planning on taking him for everything he's worth in divorce court. The most memorable couple by far have to be the Fishers, though. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Studded June 7, 2003
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This movie tells the story of several couples who find out well into their marriages that they're all not really married. In some cases, this turns out to be good news. In other cases, not so good news.
What brings me back to watch this movie over and over is not the great mini-plots of each couple, but the wonderful acting of the many great stars in this film: Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, Eve Arden, Paul Douglas, Eddie Bracken, Mitzi Gaynor and a gold-digging Zsa Zsa Gabor, to name most of them. But the real stars to me are the on-screen couple, Ginger Rogers and Fred Allen. I've never found another movie that has Fred Allen in it, and I would love to. Rogers and Allen play a famous radio married couple who open their home every morning to their many listeners and fans. After the show, it turns out they can't stand each other any longer. They are hilarious together!
Don't expect wisdom or profundity from this film. It was made in the days before every director had to teach people a lesson. It's just a cute film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just a Marilyn movie. October 5, 2000
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I disagree with the fellow who said Marilyn Monroe's vignette was the best. Sure, she's yummy as ever, and the bit was cute, but Eve Arden's scene was much funnier.
Star power fueled this odd little movie that's a series of skits about marriage on and off the rocks. Ginger Rogers is great-- and plays the opposite of her traditional sugar-girl glamour bit.
You're not going to come away with any memorable laughs or deep insight into anything, but if you're looking for a nice little movie to watch with your grandmother, this will do just fine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Any Fan Of Hollywood Classic Movies!
It's Ginger Rogers. That's all you need to know!
Published 2 days ago by John H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic screwball comedies!
This was so funny,the judge was so incredibly dumb!...and made an upheaval of everyones life it was just great!
Published 29 days ago by Victoria R.Remington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Premise
This Movie while only a Small Part for Marilyn is set with Great Premise. It also Stars Zsa Zsa Gabore in her Prime and Many other Recognizable Stars . Read more
Published 5 months ago by J.Ferrell
WE'RE NOT MARRIED is a 1952 Twentieth Century-Fox black-and-white comedy about five couples who find they were not legally married due to a foul-up two and a half years earlier on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving with a number of stories.
We liked it and the number of excellent actresses was surprising. My teenagers even liked it and watched it with friends. Good morals.
Published 16 months ago by Pamela C. Cole
3.0 out of 5 stars We're not married
Typical 1950's comedy - lots of inuendo little substance. Acting was very good. Ginger Rogers stands out, her comic timing was great. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fay E. Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Haven't seen this movie in years. it is too too funny. I love these stories, reminds me of simpler times. I loved all the different stores, the good ones and the bads. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr and Mrs Michael Alexander
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute & Entertaining
A cute, enjoyable flick with some well-known actors, well-acted, directed & written. My only gripe was being surprised that it was not color.
Published 19 months ago by Philos
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Movie
Very interesting movie. Held attention throughout. Even watched again. Very good at showing decisions made as a second chance. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Bailey
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