Original British cinema poster
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
|Produced by||Betty Box|
|Written by||Lewis Gilbert|
|Music by||Clifton Parker|
|Edited by||Gordon Pilkington|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|7 June 1949|
|Box office||£63,000 (by 1953)|
Marry Me! (alternative title: I Want to Get Married) is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Terence Fisher, and starring Derek Bond, Susan Shaw, Patrick Holt, Carol Marsh and David Tomlinson.
The movie was formerly known as I Want to Get Married.
David Haig (David Tomlinson) is a newspaper journalist who is instructed by his editor to go undercover at a popular matchmaking service to get the scoop on whether there are true cupids or not. The film covers several aspiring relationships of various couples, including a French woman running from her abusive boyfriend and seeking citizenship, a butler, his master and a schoolteacher, an attractive girl in a restaurant who falls for a priest and various others. The central plot revolves around Haig's disastrous encounters with various poor match-ups and an ideal match a young waitress.
The film has elements of dark drama and self-pity leading to lost love, but it is primarily a romantic comedy.
Most of the gentle romances are successful, even if it takes a little 'slapstick' to achieve.
In the end, the only relationship that fails is the priest and the allure girl, as she sees herself as unworthy of his love and rejects him.
- Derek Bond as Andrew Scott
- Susan Shaw as Pat Cooper
- Patrick Holt as Martin Roberts
- Carol Marsh as Doris Pearson
- David Tomlinson as David Haig
- Zena Marshall as Marcelle Duclos
- Guy Middleton as Sir Gordon Blake
- Nora Swinburne as Enid Lawson
- Brenda Bruce as Brenda Delamere
- Jean Cadell as Hester Parsons
- Denis O'Dea as Saunders
- Alison Leggatt as Miss Beamish
- Beatrice Varley as Mrs. Perrins
- Albert Lieven as Louis Renier
- Cyril Chamberlain as PC Jackson
Anthony Steel has a small role, one of his first appearances.
The film was a box office flop recording a loss of £67,600.
Bosley Crowther in The New York Times found the first third of the film "a delight to watch," but despite convincing dialogue and an "excellent cast", "the film as a whole is a disappointingly contrived package job". Although the reviewer thought the best story, with Guy Middleton, "rates inclusion in one of the Somerset Maugham showcases"; he overall opined the writers "have blunted their ingenious stories with some melodramatic and whimsical resolutions. Terrence Fisher's direction is strictly assembly-line."
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- T, Bosley Crowtherh H. (14 March 1952). "THE SCREEN: TWO NEW FILMS ON LOCAL SCENE; ' The Marrying Kind,' With Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray, Has Premiere at Victoria British Film, 'Marry Me,' Comes to Art Theatre -- Patrick Holt and Susan Shaw in Cast" – via NYTimes.com.
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