Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony

Director: John M. Stahl

Cast: Dame Gracie Fields, Laird Cregar

     
 

A man trying to leave his fame behind discovers the perils of choosing to be the wrong unknown person in this farcical British comedy. Priam Farli (Monty Woolley) is an eccentric but famous and well-respected artist who prefers to work in total seclusion -- so much so that he's spent the last 20 years creating his paintings while living on an isolated island in the… See more details below

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A man trying to leave his fame behind discovers the perils of choosing to be the wrong unknown person in this farcical British comedy. Priam Farli (Monty Woolley) is an eccentric but famous and well-respected artist who prefers to work in total seclusion -- so much so that he's spent the last 20 years creating his paintings while living on an isolated island in the Pacific, with only his valet, Henry Leek (Eric Blore), for company. When word reaches Farli that he is to be knighted by King Edward VII (Edwin Maxwell), the artist reluctantly sails back to Great Britain with Leek, but en route, his devoted servant dies. Seeing a perfect opportunity to once again escape the public eye, Farli poses as Leek and claims that the great painter was the one who passed away. Farli is not allowed to attend his own funeral, but things get more complicated when Alice Challice (Gracie Fields) appears with a letter in which Leek proposes marriage to her. Wanting to maintain his cover, Farli goes through with the wedding, only to find that Leek was already married, and his first wife (Una O'Connor) would like some explanations as to why her Henry has taken another wife, not to mention wondering where he's been for the past two decades. Laird Cregar, Alan Mowbray, and Fritz Feld highlight the supporting cast.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it eventually runs out of juice and starts to sputter a bit, Holy Matrimony is by and large a nice little entertainment. It's kept from being more than a genial, breezy comedy by a sense of predictability that it sometimes finds itself mired in, when what is required is a sense of surprising inevitability. This latter quality is terribly hard to pull off, and many farces fall prey to this problem, allowing the mechanics to show through a little too much and the viewer to find his credulity becoming a bit strained. Though such is the case here, Matrimony is still a good deal of fun, thanks largely to the wonderfully irascible Monty Woolley. Woolley is always a treat, the kind of oddball curmudgeon who's all bluff and bluster; very few had such a way with an insult, and very few were so cuddly underneath the gruff exterior. Matrimony also boasts a typically spirited turn from the no-nonsense Gracie Fields that is quite delightful, and fine support from Laird Cregar, Una O'Connor, and Alan Mowbray. Matrimony is not exactly bliss, but it's amiable fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0024543848714
Original Release:
1943
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
32,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monty Woolley Priam Farli,Priam Farll
Gracie Fields Alice Challice
Laird Cregar Clive Oxford
Una O'Connor Mrs. Leek
Alan Mowbray Mr. Pennington
Eric Blore Henry Leek
Melville Cooper Dr. Caswell
Franklin Pangborn Duncan Farli
Ethel Griffies Lady Vale
George Zucco Mr. Crepitude
Fritz Feld Critic
William Austin Critic
Montagu Love Judge
Richard Fraser John Leek
Edwin Maxwell Edward VII
Whit Bissell Harry Leek
Geoffrey Steele Matthew Leek
Lumsden Hare Lady Vale's Footman
Thomas Louden Court Clerk
Ian Wolfe Strawley
Milton Parsons Clerk
Alec Craig Aylmer
Leyland Hodgson Solicitor

Technical Credits
John M. Stahl Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
James Basevi Art Director
James B. Clark Editor
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer,Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Pearce Makeup
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer

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