Marriage Is A Private Affair

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, War

This marked Turner's return to the screen after having her daughter, Cheryl, by restaurateur Steve Crane. To mark the moment, they gave her a role that kept her on screen for almost every frame of the nearly-two hour film, dressed her in several gorgeous gowns by Irene, and coiffed her beautifully by Sydney Guilaroff. Turner is a New York City social butterfly...read more

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This marked Turner's return to the screen after having her daughter, Cheryl, by restaurateur Steve Crane. To mark the moment, they gave her a role that kept her on screen for almost every frame of the nearly-two hour film, dressed her in several gorgeous gowns by Irene, and coiffed her

beautifully by Sydney Guilaroff. Turner is a New York City social butterfly who winters in Florida and summers in Reno, as she waits for her flighty mother, Schafer (in her film debut), to shed her latest husband and marry a new one. Schafer is the female equivalent of Tommy Manville and has been

married so many times that she has rice marks on her face. Turner marries Hodiak (who Schafer thinks will make an adorable first husband for any girl) and tries hard to be a devoted wife and mother. Hodiak is a pilot who later takes to the ground to oversee a wartime laboratory position. Turner

finds it difficult to give up her carefree life of nighteries and various lovers, although she does make an attempt at settling down. Later, she runs into a former lover, Craig, and when he is only lukewarm about seeing her, she decides to reawaken the old flame by wearing a revealing outfit and

going to the Officer's Club where Craig is. Later, upon her return home, she finds Hodiak waiting up for her and angered that she had forgotten this was their baby's first birthday and they were to celebrate it together. Things settle down and the middle of the movie concerns the many facets of a

couple's second year of marriage. Craig's presence is also a thorn in Hodiak's side and Turner has a few moments when she considers divorcing Hodiak, but that's over when Hodiak is sent to New Guinea and he and Turner reconcile via a short wave radio. A bomber group stationed overseas called

itself "The Lana Turner Squadron," and the men wanted to be the first to see her latest movie. So MGM arranged to show the film in September 1944, at a Naples theater where the pilots in her squadron whooped and whistled and cheered. Hodiak replaced Gene Kelly in the role, and Schafer, who was to

achieve dubious fame as Jim Backus' wife in "Gilligan's Island," played Turner's mother a quarter of a century later in TV's "The Survivors," a series that didn't.

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