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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 (28 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
  • Dubbed: French, 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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FR56G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "We're Not Married" on IMDb

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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.

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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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 A romantic comedy December 16, 2006
The invalid marriage license must be a hot topic in those years. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" by Alfred Hitchcock dealt with a similar theme. Even to this day, given the option of remarrying or going on separate ways, a couple will find the idea both exciting and terrifying.This movie is more interesting and romantic than I thought.

The rich and successful radio show hosts Ginger Rogers-Fred Allen pair was the first non-compatible couple who would have seized this opportunity to break up. Their marriage had nothing to hang on to except that both their careers were at stake. Marilyn Monroe pair was the one who would fall apart because her prospect was so glamorous that as a beauty queen she'd better remain single than be a married mother. The ironic couple was the super rich Freddie Melrose who really loved his wife Zsa Zsa Gabor. This was the funniest of all. Witness the face-off of the husband and wife-lawyer team. The wheel of the fortune was really spinning fast.

The story ended with such a romantic note. With or without a license, it is this sense of crisis that gives the couple a rare opportunity to reflect upon the relationship and make the most of it. A lesson told in the context of fun and laughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good work
Published 21 days ago by Larry Goldschmidt
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by James Martin
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 months ago by John H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie.
Published 3 months 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 3 months 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 8 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 14 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 19 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 19 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 20 months ago by Mr and Mrs Michael Alexander
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