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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Carole Lombard , Robert Montgomery , Alfred Hitchcock    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Before Hollywood had entirely typecast Alfred Hitchcock as the master of suspense, with Mr. & Mrs. Smith he was allowed to fashion an elegant romantic trifle starring Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard. It probably won't replace Rear Window or Psycho in your affections, but the film is more than a curious footnote to the director's career. The two leads play David and Ann Smith, a devoted but endlessly squabbling couple who discover their three-year marriage isn't legal. When he unexpectedly hesitates to arrange a second wedding, she storms out in a huff and soon begins dating his solid, dependable business partner Jeff (Gene Raymond). The rest follows the formula laid down by such previous screwball comedies as The Awful Truth (1937) and Bringing Up Baby (1938): David employs fair means or foul to win back Ann's heart, causes all sorts of complicated mischief, then... well, three guesses what happens in the end.

The intriguing thing about the movie is how Hitchcock takes Norman Krasna's paper-thin script and adds sly undercurrents of menace. Violence seems about to erupt in the recurring scenes where Ann shaves her husband (suggestively holding a razor up to his throat)--and there's a touch of Vertigo in one scary moment when a jammed amusement park ride leaves two characters dangling helplessly high above the ground. Montgomery and Lombard keep the mood acceptably frivolous, while indicating the flawed nature of the marital relationship. From the evidence of this one-off, Hitchcock might have been among the best comedy directors in the business, had he so wished. --Peter Matthews

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Sophisticated New York Couple David And Annie Smith Have An Unusual Marriage With An Inordinate Number Of Rules And Regulations

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT HITCHCOCK SET Feb. 13 2009
Format:DVD
If you like Hitchcock's 'big name' movies, you will enjoy this excellent set.
Contains some lesser known but very good Hitchcock movies, along with better known ones such as 'Strangers On A Train', 'North By North West' and 'Dial M For Murder'.
Very interesting to see 'I Confess', which was filmed in and around Québec City, and 'Mr and Mrs Smith', probably the only real comedy done by Hitchcock.
Also includes the excellent 'The Wrong Man', starring Henry Fonda, (which is the only Hitchcock movie based on a true story), 'Foreign Correspondent; 'Stage Fright' and 'Suspicion'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a funny movie! May 16 2011
Format:DVD
I think this is a funny, intelligent,and sexy comedy made by Alfred Hitchcock. If you enjoy screwball comedies then you'll most likely enjoy this movie. Robert Montgomery and Carol Lombard make a great pair in this movie. You can feel their connection and they really do work well together. I really don't think it's a lesser movie than the rest of Hitchcocks films. It's a different genre, so of course, it deviates from the "typical" footprint of his other films. But he does a brilliant job of directing, stuffing the film with sexual innuendos(as he usually does in his films),and incorporating his humour. I denfinately reccommend this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars When is the DVD going to come out! June 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I wish that this movie would come out on DVD soon. It is a wonderful comedy filled with humor and action. It is truly a wonderful movie to see if you are looking for a really good classic, but like other Hitchcock films, this movie is a comedy, not a thriller. So, if you are looking for a mystery by Hitchcock, don't pick this one. Hitchcock has a great sense of humor when he created this spectacular classic. If there is a DVD, (which I hope) I hope there are great special features. If you are looking for a great film to make you laugh, Go see this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The queen of screwball comedy meets Hitchcock Feb. 26 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard) have a marriage with many ups and downs. One day at the office Mr. Smith finds out that he is not legally married. Surprise Mrs. Smith finds out also and waits for Mr. Smith to propose the make it legal. Some how he forgets to do this and drives her into the arms of his friend and partner.

Why won't the cat eat the soup?

How will all this turn out?

This formula was popular in the time the movie was made. This version is a tad more complex but still is necessary to suspend reality. We do get a good look at the 1939 Worlds Fair. Carole Lombard is not quits as noisy. Robert Montgomery is good at almost slapstick situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Funny! Jan. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a funny movie! It should be put on DVD. If you are expecting a mystery from Hitchcock, this is not the movie to see, but if you are looking for a funny and entertaining film, this is a great one. I recommend this to everyone. Go see it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock Does Comedy! Oct. 19 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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. (~.~)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot and Hilarious July 21 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Alfred Hitchcock broke out of his macabre mold to make an uproarious romantic comedy, and he couldn't have picked a better lady than Carole Lombard. Word for word and blow for blow she meets her irreverent husband head on and the results are hilarious! Newly married Robert Montgomery tries to play it nice and cool, but Lombard is red hot and that's what gives this comedy it's exhilarating edge. Expect the unexpected, but don't doubt for a minute that this guy and this girl are hopelessly attracted to each other. Alfred Hitchcock captures in this comedy, as he does in many of his other films, the unmistakable passion that boils just beneath the surface between the characters. But this time, there are no holds barred, so watch out! In a refreshing change of scenery, Hitchcock adds another laurel to his crown with this very memorable comedy.
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