- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 21, 2003
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 10/24/2003
"...Holliday and co-star Aldo Ray give performances they never surpassed..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Marrying Kind
reteams Oscar winner Judy Holliday (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Born Yesterday
, 1950) with Oscar-winning director George Cukor (Best Director, My Fair Lady
, 1964) and playwright Garson Kanin, along with Ruth Gordon, in a groundbreaking blend of comedy, fantasy and tragedy which chronicles the relationship of a young couple on the verge of divorce. In the private chambers of Judy Carroll (Madge Kennedy), Florence (Holliday) and Chet Keefer (Aldo Ray in an impressive debut starring role) retrace their bumpy courtship and marriage in flashback. Idealistic young dreamers who meet and marry, the Keefers raise two children, experience financial woes, petty jealousy and seemingly insurmountable heartbreaking loss. The perfect casting of the two leads, a hilarious dream sequence, excellent use of real New York City locations, and realistic and humorous depictions of marital strife add up to superior entertainment.
Fresh from the tremendous critical and commercial success of Born Yesterday, this role for Holliday proved she was not only a wonderful comedic actress, but also excellent with pathos as well. Newcomer Ray, formerly employed as a town constable, received unanimous critical acclaim and would work next again with director Cukor in Pat And Mike starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
Daringly mixing comedy and drama in a rare example of American neorealism, George Cukor created a picture that portrayed the difficult, frayed life of a working-class couple and the breakup of their blue-collar marriage, a topic that rarely made its way to the screen. Cukor's regular collaborators Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin provided him a script filled with fine dialogue and strong dramatic moments, and Judy Holliday, fresh from her Oscar-winning success in Cukor's BORN YESTERDAY, reunites with the director to play the lead role. As Florence Keefer, Holliday portrays a woman bent on divorcing her husband Chet (Aldo Ray), who will have to give up her unrealistic expectations in life in order to find true happiness. The film chronicles their misfortunes and good times, and the relationship as it unravels. THE MARRYING KIND was written specifically for Judy Holliday, then at the peak of her career.
In the chambers of a divorce court judge, an estranged couple revisits their often-stormy romance and marriage, as dark comedy and tragedy intermingle in this George Cukor-helmed film starring Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray.
Black Comedy |
Family Interaction |
Theatrical Release |
- Extensive location shooting was done in New York; several scenes were shot at a real New York post office.
- Cukor recommended that star Aldo Ray go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player.
- For the memorable 4th of July picnic flashback, Cukor relied for inspiration on a production of Chekov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD.