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Made for Each Other
     

Made for Each Other

Director: John Cromwell

Cast: Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn

 

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James Stewart and Carole Lombard star in this comedy-drama about the struggles of a young married couple directed by John Cromwell. Stewart and Lombard play a recently married couple, Jane and John Mason. John works as an attorney for the law firm of skinflint Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn). Doolittle calls John back to work immediately after the wedding ceremony,

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James Stewart and Carole Lombard star in this comedy-drama about the struggles of a young married couple directed by John Cromwell. Stewart and Lombard play a recently married couple, Jane and John Mason. John works as an attorney for the law firm of skinflint Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn). Doolittle calls John back to work immediately after the wedding ceremony, forcing the couple to abandon their honeymoon. But John is ready to do Doolittle's bidding, since he hopes to become a partner in the firm. Doolittle is openly disappointed at the marriage, hoping John would have instead married his daughter Eunice (Ruth Weston). Eunice eventually marries another lawyer in the firm, Carter (Donald Briggs). John and Jane try to make ends meet and invite Doolittle, Eunice, and Carter to dinner. The dinner turns into a disaster, climaxing with Doolittle informing John he has decided to make Carter a partner in the firm. Crushed, John and Jane work hard but to no avail, sinking deeper and deeper into debt. Jane has a baby, but when the child becomes seriously ill, the only way to save the baby is to have a special serum flown in through a blizzard from Salt Lake City. John needs $5000 to hire a pilot and get the medicine, and his only hope is to beg Judge Doolittle for the money.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Made for Each Other shouldn't really work as well as it does. There's a third act change-of-gears that is so wrenching that it should throw the whole film off course, and it's followed by some changes-of-heart that are pretty hard to take. Fortunately, before this happens, Made has built up such good will for the characters that most viewers will accept the abrupt melodrama. Before that point, writers Jo Swerling and Frank Ryan have done a wonderful job of pulling the viewer in to the lives of young marrieds James Stewart and Carole Lombard. Even though the situations the couple finds itself in are certainly familiar, they're well handled and given just enough individuality to seem fresh. There are marvelous little touches in the dialogue, nothing poetic or meaningful, but little turns of phrases that make the characters live and breathe. All this would mean little if the actors portraying the couple were not Stewart and Lombard, each of whom turns in a performance that is absolutely pitch perfect. More importantly, they share a palpable chemistry; one really does believe that these two characters were made for each other. The supporting cast is also first rate, and John Cromwell's direction is appropriately sensitive, helped enormously by Leon Shamroy's gorgeous but unobtrusive cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0096009000394
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
G
Source:
Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
30,468

Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene selector; Dolby digital; Trivia quiz; Biography

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Jane Mason
James Stewart Johnny Mason
Charles Coburn Judge Joseph Doolittle
Lucile Watson Mrs. Mason
Eddie Quillan Conway
Alma Kruger Sister Madeline
Ruth Weston Eunice Doolittle
Donald Briggs Carter
Harry Davenport Dr. Healy
Esther Dale First Cook
Russell Hopton Collins
Ward Bond Jim Hatton
Olin Howland Farmer
Fern Emmett Farmer's Wife
Louise Beavers Third Cook
Jackie Taylor John, Jr., at Age 1
Russ Clark Actor
Mary Field Indianapolis Lab Assistant
Arthur Gardner Radio Operator
Mike Kilian Actor
Carlyle Moore Actor
Renee Orsell Hilda,Second Cook
Garry Owen Actor
John Maurice Sullivan John Hopkin's Chemist
Nella Walker Actor
Marjorie Wood Actor
Raymond Bailey Salt Lake Hospital Chemist
Harlan Briggs Judge
Lane Chandler Ranger
Harry Depp Hutch
Betty Farrington Hospital cashier
Fred Fuller Doolittle's brother
Ruth Gillette Blonde in Cafe
Arthur Hoyt Jury Foreman
Perry Ivins Doctor
Gladden James Doctor
Tom London Ranger
Edwin Maxwell Messerschmidt
Jack Mulhall Radio operator
Robert E. O'Connor Harry - Elevator Starter
Mickey Rentschler Office Boy
Ivan Simpson Simon
Milburn Stone Sam
Robert Strange Doctor
Harry Worth New York Hospital Chemist

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Louis Forbes Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hal Kern Editor
William Cameron Menzies Production Designer
James Newcom Editor
Frank Ryan Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Producer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Eric Stacey Asst. Director
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
3. Wedding Bells [7:08]
4. No Honey [12:59]
5. Baby [4:03]
6. Nursing [7:43]
7. Pep Talk [12:07]
8. Understanding [8:34]
9. New Year [7:00]
10. Sickness [9:10]
11. Mercy [7:43]
12. Saved [3:30]

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