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We're Not Married (1952)

Ginger Rogers , Marilyn Monroe , Edmund Goulding  |  NR |  DVD
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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: 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FR56G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,064 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no deleted sequence? April 11, 2004
By A Customer
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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31 of 33 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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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven But Reasonably Enjoyable March 18, 2011
By MadMacs
Suppose five couples learn, after 2-1/2 years of marriage, that their union is legally invalid? What follows after they learn this shocking news forms the premise of the comedy 'We're Not Married'.

The plot offers potential, but the delivery is uneven and the various stories told swing from very touching (Eve Arden/Paul Douglas) to hackneyed (Ginger Rogers/Fred Allen). The best segment, and the one they saved for last, is Eddie Bracken and Mitzi Gaynor as a young soldier and his newly unwed mother-to-be; you almost wish the entire movie was about them and their travails to re-hitch the knot.

Unfortunately, too much time is spent with the very first couple and "star" of this ensemble cast, Ginger Rogers. That forced imbalance undercuts the subsequent stories. Not the least of which is how unappealing her segment's co-star, Fred Allen, is in this particular role. I have nothing against the actor, but he was clearly miscast. Much too old, too crotchety, too fickle to ever have the audience believe Ginger's character would ever consent to a union, even for money.

And a paring down of the couples from five to three would've strengthened the film considerably.

Clearly, because this was filmed in 1952, the choices made are not nearly as dramatic or unusual as one would expect or hope for today almost a half-century later. Still, on balance, I would say this is pretty decent and enjoyable - if only for the clever concept.

A couple of footnotes: Look for an uncredited bit part played by a young actor named Lee Marvin. And despite the prominent featured image of Marilyn Monroe on the DVD cover artwork, remember that she plays a small role in a large ensemble cast and her 'not married' scene was one of the shorter stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 8 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 16 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 18 months ago by Elizabeth Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting vignette on couples not really married
Monroe's early work examined

20th century fox has has brought there early Monroe movies, and they have markedted them,as worthy at a look simply because she is in them. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
3.0 out of 5 stars We're Not Married
A pleasant film which is mildly amusing. Has a good cast and storyline, and it has a young and beautiful Marilyn who doesn't have much to say but gives the film her visual beauty... Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by desw
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I bought this movie because I had seen it years ago and liked it. I am a Ginger Rogers fan and really like this one.
Published on January 30, 2010 by Sara Lindeman
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