The Marrying Kind

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

A sort of comedy with some heavy drama, THE MARRYING KIND had two of the most recognizable voices around in it: Holliday's high, squeaky, sometimes shrill sound and newcomer Ray's raspy growl. The film begins in the divorce court run by Kennedy (a silent screen star in a rare talking appearance) as Ray and Holliday vent their spleens and explain why they...read more

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A sort of comedy with some heavy drama, THE MARRYING KIND had two of the most recognizable voices around in it: Holliday's high, squeaky, sometimes shrill sound and newcomer Ray's raspy growl. The film begins in the divorce court run by Kennedy (a silent screen star in a rare talking

appearance) as Ray and Holliday vent their spleens and explain why they want to split. The picture flashes back as the couple go through their disagreements and misunderstandings. They meet in a public park, marry, have children (one of whom dies in a drowning accident), and eventually desire to

call it quits. After they have discussed their points of view, they realize that they do love each other and will reconcile. Along the way, there are some very funny scenes (and excellent dialog by Kanin and Gordon) as well as a few dramatic moments that tug at the heart--particularly the one in

which their child dies. Cukor directs stylishly and Holliday is obviously confident about Cukor's work, having taken the Oscar for her last film with him and the Kanins, BORN YESTERDAY. Ray makes an auspicious entrance on the movie scene (this was his second film but his first huge role), and

Charles Bronson is seen briefly as Ray's post office buddy. Bond, Shaughnessy, and Cass play far too broadly and the picture descends into a situation comedy whenever any of them come on screen. The location shots are at Stuyvesant Town, an apartment complex on the East Side of Manhattan.

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  • Review: A sort of comedy with some heavy drama, THE MARRYING KIND had two of the most recognizable voices around in it: Holliday's high, squeaky, sometimes shrill sound and newcomer Ray's raspy growl. The film begins in the divorce court run by Kennedy (a silent s… (more)

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