Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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A couple who have been married for three years are shocked to learn that their marriage is not legally valid.


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  • Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Robert Montgomery and Gene Raymond in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Robert Montgomery in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Alfred Hitchcock and Carole Lombard in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Robert Montgomery in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Robert Montgomery in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

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30 September 2004 | Snow Leopard
With the Right Expectations, It Works Well Enough
This is a good example of a movie that could be quite disappointing for anyone who had too many or too specific expectations for it. It's an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but it's not at all like any of his better-known films. The offbeat premise leads you to expect a 1930s-style screwball comedy, but instead it has a different brand of humor altogether.

The tone of the film blends together the screwball plot idea with Hitchcock's dry sense of humor and the upbeat charm of Carole Lombard. It's something of an odd combination, but it works all right as long as you don't have too many preconceptions.

Lombard and Robert Montgomery work well as "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", who find out at the beginning of the movie that they are not really married. Most of the story that follows moves at a decent pace, and although there are never any big laughs, there is some good material. It never really hits high gear, but once you get used to the pace, most of it works well enough.

It does slow down quite a bit towards the end, as things run out of steam, and this keeps the movie from being better. A grand climax in the screwball tradition might have made it a very good movie. Instead, as it is, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" is a pleasant, generally amusing, slightly above-average romantic comedy.

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Release Date:

31 January 1941

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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