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Let's Make It Legal (1951)

aka Let's Make It Legal

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Details: 77 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Joyce Mannering
Small Miriam Halsworth
Small Hugh Halsworth
Small Victor Macfarland
Small Barbara Denham
Small Jerry Denham
No_movie_poster Ferguson
No_movie_poster Pete the gardener
No_movie_poster Miss Jessup
No_movie_poster Milkman

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Small I.A.L. Diamond Author
No_movie_poster Lucien Ballard Cinematography
No_movie_poster Lionel Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Cyril J. Mockridge Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Robert Bassler Producer
No_movie_poster Richard Sale Director
No_movie_poster F. Hugh Herbert Screenplay
No_movie_poster Robert Fritch Editor
No_movie_poster Mortimer Braus Story
Small Hugh Herbert Writer
No_movie_poster William Inge Writer

Plot:

Hugh (Macdonald Carey) and Miriam Halsworth (Claudette Colbert) are in the final stages of their divorce procedure. Miriam wants to separate because he's addicted to gambling - although he often wins. She's living with her daughter Barbara (Barbara Bates), her son-in-law Jerry Denham (Robert Wagner) and her little grandchild. Hugh, who's living at the hotel where he works, makes a fuss with the gardener about his rosebushes.

Hugh is also Jerry's boss. They work in the publicity department for the Miramar Hotel and have to follow Victor Macfarland (Zachary Scott), a self-made millionaire who's trying to get on the financial advisory committee for the President. Twenty years ago Hugh and Victor were rivals for Miriam's hand.

A blonde fortune hunter, Joyce Mannering (Marilyn Monroe), is trying to attract Victor, but he's only interested in winning back Miriam. She accepts his marriage proposal, but is disappointed when he postpones the marriage for a hearing on his appointment in Washington. Just before he steps on the plane he explains to Miriam why he left her twenty years ago (but the audience can't hear what he says because the plane makes too much noise).

Miriam is furious with Hugh but he doesn't know why. She refuses to let him in, which leads to a comical intermezzo in which Hugh and Jerry are arrested by the police. They are identified by Miriam and Barbara, and leave the police station.

Back home Miriam explains to Hugh that she was so angry because Victor told her that twenty years ago Hugh won her hand in a game of craps. Hugh admits this, and still has those two dice with him. He asks her to throw. It turns out the dice were loaded; they always throw three and four. Hugh admits he cheated because the stake was so high. Miriam is pleased with this explanation and they reconcile.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2004-04-20