Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond

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Overview

In Hitchcock's rare foray into comedy (courtesy of a wittily risque script by Norman Krasna), Mr. Smith (Robert Montgomery) makes the mistake of telling Mrs. Smith (Carole Lombard) that if he had it to do all over again, he might not have married her. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Smith discovers that his marriage is invalid. Rather than say goodbye, the newly aroused Mr. Smith attempts to entice Mrs. Smith into the bedroom, thrilled at the prospect of an "illicit" romance. But Mrs. Smith has also been apprised that her marriage is no more--and, remembering Mr. Smith's "second thoughts," she kicks him out of the house. This comedy of misunderstanding rolls merrily along from this point onward, accommodating an uproarious scene at a fancy restaurant, a near-liaison between Mrs. Smith and new beau Gene Raymond on the World's Fair parachute jump, and a farcical denouement at a ski lodge, with Mrs. Smith's conjugally crossed skis symbolizing the carnal pleasures ahead for both Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
UPC: 0888574100018
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 3,188

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Ann Smith aka Ann Krausheimer
Robert Montgomery David Smith
Gene Raymond Jeff Custer
Jack Carson Chuck Benson
Philip Merivale Mr. Custer
Betty Compson Gertie
Lucile Watson Mrs. Custer
William Tracy Sammy
Charles Halton Mr. Deever
Esther Dale Mrs. Krausheimer
Emma Dunn Martha
Patricia Farr Gloria
William Edmunds Owner of Lucy's
Adele Pearce Lily
Ralph Brooks Waiter Captain
Sam Harris Actor
Robert Emmett Keane Section Manager
Beatrice Maude Secretary to Jeff
Margo Woode Secretary to David
James Flavin Escort
Murray Alper Harold the Driver
Ernie Alexander Bellhop
Pamela Blake Lily
Georgia Carroll Pretty Girl
Francis Compton Mr. Flugle
Alec Craig Thomas the Clerk
Ralph Dunn Cop
Jack Gardner Elevator boy
Frank Mills Cab Driver
Emory Parnell Conway
James Pierce Doorman
Ralph Sanford Store checker
Allen Wood Bellhop
Ronnie Rondell Waiter captain

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Harry E. Edington Producer
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Dewey Starkey Asst. Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Edward Ward Score Composer
Roy Webb Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
L.P. Williams Art Director

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a smile on my face watching practically most of the film and continue to have one as I remember it! I always know I've encountered quite a treasure of a film when it leaves me with this feeling of wanting more at the end (actually, they honestly could have strengthened the ending much more)and when I would love to watch it all over again. The premise of the film in itself is amusing and enough to generate curiousity - a married couple who find out that their marriage is in fact not valid. And despite the predictability of the unfolding story and the simplicity of film thematically as well as having some scenes which could have been made funnier or could have been replaced all together, the performance and charm of its two main stars make it an entertaining and enjoyable experience. Carole Lombard is simply radiant all throughout. This film introduced me to her and it was incredibly wonderful and refreshing for me to see an actress so good at comedy and at the same time have this absolutely and classically beautiful face. I was really amazed. I definitely agree with the comment made on the documentary that she would have made a great Hitchcock thriller blonde had her life not been tragically cut short. Hitchcock fans be warned though, it is very much unlike his popular films and is obviously not of the genre Hitchcock is most greatly identified with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alfred Hitchcock has always shown sly humor even in his darkest moves. This 1941 black and white comedy shows what he can do with obvious comedy as well. Mr. (David) and Mrs. (Ann) Smith are a well off couple who find that they are not legally married. When David (Robert Montgomery) is given this information, does he tell his wife? No way. Instead he chooses to toy with her first. Unfortunately, Ann (beautiful and talented Carol Lombard) and her mother have received the same information. Ann's mother makes her promise that as an unmarried woman she won't ---?!. 'Of course not' she promises. Later, Ann and David talk on the telephone, she asks about his day, he does not mention their invalid marriage but he does tell her that they are going to what used to be their favorite restaurant. As David is talking, he writes ''Mrs.'', crosses it off and replaces it with ''Mistress'' then smiles. This unshared knowledge starts a wonderful, sexy cat and mouse game between Lombard and Montgomery. The getting ready for bed scene is just super. Gene Raymond as Jeff Custer, David's friend and law partner is full of southern charm and is wonderfully sly as he double crosses David. Jack Carson as the hard drinking womanizing club friend Chuck, who helps to land Montgomery in more hot water than he is already in, is perfect for this role. One of my favorite scenes is the hilarious 'restaurant' scene where Montgomery and Carson are on dates with two of Carson's lady friends. Watch Montgomery's face as he desperately tries to make his nose bleed. It's our loss that they don't make sophisticated screwball comedy like this any more. (~.~)