The Model and the Marriage Broker

Overview

The model Jeanne Crain is stuck in an unhappy relationship with a married man. The marriage broker Thelma Ritter doesn't like this and tries to match the model with a lonely x-ray technician Scott Brady. The model is so grateful that she tries to find an eligible bachelor for the broker. The broker resists this largesse, but then realizes that the only reason she meddles in other people's lives is to make up for the emptiness of her own. The Model and the Marriage Broker resists the temptation of poking fun at ...
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Overview

The model Jeanne Crain is stuck in an unhappy relationship with a married man. The marriage broker Thelma Ritter doesn't like this and tries to match the model with a lonely x-ray technician Scott Brady. The model is so grateful that she tries to find an eligible bachelor for the broker. The broker resists this largesse, but then realizes that the only reason she meddles in other people's lives is to make up for the emptiness of her own. The Model and the Marriage Broker resists the temptation of poking fun at the less attractive clients of the marriage broker; this is especially true in the case of Frank Fontaine, whose performance as a lovesick Swede is quite moving.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Perennial supporting player Thelma Ritter got a rare shot at playing a lead in The Model and the Marriage Broker and came up with a real winner. Model is an excellent little comedy, so good that it's surprising that it's not better known. Practically everyone involved is in top form, from Ritter and co-star Jeanne Crain through director George Cukor and a three-man writing team led by Charles Brackett. Brackett could almost always write funny, and this screenplay is filled with choice turns of phrases and amusing little asides, the humor of which doesn't always strike the viewer until minutes after they've passed on. But the writers don't sacrifice character and drama for laughs; there's an undercurrent of sadness and melancholy to many moments, and while some of Ritter's clients are humorous misfits, they're treated with a degree of respect. Cukor's direction is sleek and seamless, beautifully paced and always aware of exactly how light or heavy a touch is needed in each moment of each scene. Ritter is so darn good that it makes one wish they had written more starring parts for her; her rare combination of toughness and warmth is used to great advantage and holds the film together. Even Crain, never what one would call a great actress, comes off very well here, and the supporting roster of Nancy Kulp, Zero Mostel, and Frank Fontaine is a dream. The Model and the Marriage Broker has a few flaws, such as the fact that Scott Brady's character is a bit overbearing though typical of the period -- but they're easily overlooked.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • UPC: 024543877981
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,492

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Crain Kitty Bennett
Scott Brady Matt Hornbeck
Thelma Ritter Mae Swazey
Zero Mostel George Wixted
Michael O'Shea Doberman
Helen Ford Emmy Swazey
Frank Fontaine Mr. Johannson
John Alexander Mr. Perry
Jay C. Flippen Dan Chancellor
Nancy Kulp Hazel Gingras
Kathryn Card Mrs. Kuschner
Maudie Prickett Delia Seaton
Dennis Ross Joe
Ken Christy Mr. Kuschner
Shirley Mills Ina Kuschner
Eve March Miss Eddy
Tommy Noonan Young clerk
Edna May Wonacott Miss Perry
June Hedin Miss Perry
Harris Brown Conventioneer
Frank Ferguson
Joyce MacKenzie Doris
Mae Marsh Woman
Dennie Moore Mrs. Gingras
Joan Roberts
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Charles Brackett Producer, Screenwriter
Richard L. Breen Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Reisch Screenwriter
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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