WE'RE NOT MARRIED is good, adult fun--the perfect TV movie made in the days before TV movies were produced. Though many people might rejoice upon discovering that their marriage is invalid and that they thus may remedy their lives, that is not the case here. This plot had been seen
before in other films (most notably, Norman Krasna and Alfred Hitchcock's MR. AND MRS. SMITH). It was segmented into five separate stories for this movie, which was not unlike O. Henry's TALES OF MANHATTAN (which Rogers also worked in) and FULL HOUSE (which also costarred Monroe). Moore is an
elderly and befuddled judge who learns too late that he's married several couples after his license had expired. He must now track them down to inform them of the situation. The movie follows five couples through the stages of solving the dilemma of living in sin. Rogers and Allen are a radio team
who appear to be, on the air, the perfect couple. When the red light goes off, however, they are at each other's throats. Monroe is married to Wayne and has a new baby. Their happiness is jeopardized when Monroe wins the "Mrs. Mississippi" contest (thus allowing her to model a swimsuit) and
becomes eligible for the big award as "Mrs. America." Wayne resents this new situation and feels that it is threatening the sanctity of their marriage and Monroe's duties as mother and wife. Gabor and millionaire Calhern are on the verge of divorce, and Gabor is planning to take him to the
cleaners. Then Calhern opens the letter from Moore telling him that they were never married at all, throwing Gabor and her avaricious lawyer for a loop. Bracken is a soldier whose wife, Gaynor, is awaiting the birth of their child when he is ordered to fight in the Korean "police action." He must
depart before they can remarry. The final couple is Arden and Douglas, a duo who seldom communicate, and Douglas is about to begin nosing around for other female companionship.
The possibilities open to these five couples seem limitless, but the denouements are just about what one might expect. The ennui problems of Douglas and Arden are the most believable, while the Gaynor-Bracken story is the weakest. Gabor (much married in real life) plays her role as if she knows
what she's doing, but it's Allen and Rogers who deserve the applause, handling their witty lines with aplomb. Monroe was appearing in her fourteenth film and did a good job playing Monroe. It's the kind of mindless romp that the TV networks were specializing in during the 1970s and 1980s, though
far more sophisticated than the material allowed by network censors.
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