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No Room for the Groom
     

No Room for the Groom

Director: Douglas Sirk, Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don DeFore

Cast: Douglas Sirk, Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don DeFore

 
Pity poor ex-GI Alvah Morrell (Tony Curtis). While on his honeymoon with perky Lee Kingshead (Piper Laurie), he comes down with a bad case of chicken pox. The moment he recovers, he's shipped overseas. And when Alvah returns home, he finds his house festooned with his wife's troublesome relatives -- and, per the film's title, there's no room for him. Complicating

Overview

Pity poor ex-GI Alvah Morrell (Tony Curtis). While on his honeymoon with perky Lee Kingshead (Piper Laurie), he comes down with a bad case of chicken pox. The moment he recovers, he's shipped overseas. And when Alvah returns home, he finds his house festooned with his wife's troublesome relatives -- and, per the film's title, there's no room for him. Complicating matters is Lee's supercilious mother (Spring Byington), who does her best to break up the marriage so that her daughter will be free to marry wealthy-but-dull Herman Strouple (Don DeFore). No Room for the Groom plays like an elongated 2-reel comedy, but the stars are attractive and Douglas Sirk's direction is subtle and inventive.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An early Tony Curtis vehicle, No Room for the Groom is a moderately enjoyable little pseudo-sex comedy, one in which the titillation is provided not by attempts at pre- or extra-marital sex but by a married couple whose consummation of their marriage keeps getting interrupted. Groom also goes a bit deeper than that, thankfully, exploring how the couple's very marriage is being interfered with by a domineering mother. It's a perfectly fine set-up, but not one that is handled with a great deal of originality or imagination. Screenwriter Joseph Hoffman is content to peddle a few well-worn situations, prettied up with a few neat dialogue exchanges here and there, but overall lacking in consistent wit. Douglas Sirk, whose work in melodramas is legendary, is less comfortable with the broad comedy that Groom requires; his work is acceptable, but rather on the perfunctory side. Fortunately, Groom has a very appealing cast, with Curtis young and engaging and Piper Laurie young and delicious. Spring Byington does wonders with the overbearing mother, and Don DeFore is fine as the would-be suitor. Groom is ultimately just a piece of silly, but the actors make it a pleasant little affair.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2014
UPC:
0025192235863
Original Release:
1952
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
14,286

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis Alvah Morrell
Piper Laurie Lee Kingshead
Don DeFore Herman Strouple
Spring Byington Mama Kingshead
Lillian Bronson Aunt Elsa
Paul McVey Dr. Trotter
Stephen Chase Mr. Taylor
Lee Aaker Donovan Murray
Jack Kelly Will Stubbins
Frank Sully Cousin Luke
Elsie Baker Actor
Jack Daly Customer at Bar
Catherine Howard Actor
Janet Clark Cousin Dorothy
Lynne Hunter Cousin Betty
David Janssen Soldier
Lucille Lamarr Relative
Harold Lockwood Relative
Fess Parker Cousin Ben
James Parnell Cousin Mike
Lee Turnbull Cousin Pete

Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Joseph Hoffman Screenwriter
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Ted Richmond Producer
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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