Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond

     
 

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In Hitchcock's rare foray into comedy (courtesy of a wittily risque script by Norman Krasna), Mr. Smith (Robert Montgomery) makes the mistake of telling Mrs. Smith (Carole Lombard) that if he had it to do all over again, he might not have married her. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Smith discovers that his marriage is invalid. Rather than say goodbye, the newly aroused Mr.…  See more details below

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In Hitchcock's rare foray into comedy (courtesy of a wittily risque script by Norman Krasna), Mr. Smith (Robert Montgomery) makes the mistake of telling Mrs. Smith (Carole Lombard) that if he had it to do all over again, he might not have married her. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Smith discovers that his marriage is invalid. Rather than say goodbye, the newly aroused Mr. Smith attempts to entice Mrs. Smith into the bedroom, thrilled at the prospect of an "illicit" romance. But Mrs. Smith has also been apprised that her marriage is no more--and, remembering Mr. Smith's "second thoughts," she kicks him out of the house. This comedy of misunderstanding rolls merrily along from this point onward, accommodating an uproarious scene at a fancy restaurant, a near-liaison between Mrs. Smith and new beau Gene Raymond on the World's Fair parachute jump, and a farcical denouement at a ski lodge, with Mrs. Smith's conjugally crossed skis symbolizing the carnal pleasures ahead for both Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is an enjoyable romantic comedy that mines the screwball vein without quite finding a rich lode therein. It has the elements that great screwball comedies require -- an eccentric leading lady with madcap tendencies, a leading man at odds with her, a series of comic misunderstandings that all evolve from one central plot point, an able supporting cast, a setting among the Park Avenue class -- but this particular highball doesn't get the mixtures right and so lacks a kick. Part of this is due to Alfred Hitchcock, whose direction is assured when it needs to be frantic. Hitchcock gives us the laughs, mind you, but they're laid-back chuckles rather than guffaws. Still, even if one misses the frenetic pacing that the material seems to call for, there's something reassuring about the unhurried, confident tone Hitchcock lends to the piece. Certainly, one is in very amiable company with the likes of a luscious Carole Lombard, a smooth Robert Montgomery, and an amusing Gene Raymond. If Smith never quite explodes, it still fizzes along very nicely.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2014
UPC:
0888574100018
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
30,619

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Ann Smith aka Ann Krausheimer
Robert Montgomery David Smith
Gene Raymond Jeff Custer
Jack Carson Chuck Benson
Philip Merivale Mr. Custer
Betty Compson Gertie
Lucile Watson Mrs. Custer
William Tracy Sammy
Charles Halton Mr. Deever
Esther Dale Mrs. Krausheimer
Emma Dunn Martha
Patricia Farr Gloria
William Edmunds Owner of Lucy's
Adele Pearce Lily
Ralph Brooks Waiter Captain
Sam Harris Actor
Robert Emmett Keane Section Manager
Beatrice Maude Secretary to Jeff
Margo Woode Secretary to David
James Flavin Escort
Murray Alper Harold the Driver
Ernie Alexander Bellhop
Pamela Blake Lily
Georgia Carroll Pretty Girl
Francis Compton Mr. Flugle
Alec Craig Thomas the Clerk
Ralph Dunn Cop
Jack Gardner Elevator boy
Frank Mills Cab Driver
Emory Parnell Conway
James Pierce Doorman
Ralph Sanford Store checker
Allen Wood Bellhop
Ronnie Rondell Waiter captain

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Harry E. Edington Producer
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Dewey Starkey Asst. Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Edward Ward Score Composer
Roy Webb Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
L.P. Williams Art Director

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