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The Marrying Kind Details


A master blend of comedy, domestic drama and sudden tragedy, The Marrying Kind remains one of the best collaborations between star Judy Holliday, screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, and director George Cukor. The film begins at the end, with married couple Florence and Chet Keefer (Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray) seeking a divorce. Both parties state their cases before understanding judge Carroll (Madge Kennedy)--whereupon the story of their marriage unfolds in a series of revelatory flashbacks. After an amusing recap of their courtship days, the film details the many major and minor trials and tribulations of married life. In the film's most unforgettable sequence, one of the couple's children dies by drowning while Florence and Chet are obliviously engaged in one of their petty squabbles. Throughout the testimony, the Judge gives equal time to both parties, and in so doing demonstrates that all aspects of marriage work both ways. In the final scenes, the Judge allows the Keefers to reconsider their impending divorce, but not before offering a few understanding and unobtrusive words of advice. Judy Holliday is in top form, while Aldo Ray delivers what may be his finest performance. Featured in the cast as Ray's sister-in-law is Peggy Cass in her film debut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 13, 1952


Judy Holliday
as Florence Keefer
Aldo Ray
as Chet Keefer
Madge Kennedy
as Judge Anna Carroll
Sheila Bond
as Joan Shipley
Rex Williams
as George Bastian
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Pat Bundy
Phyllis Povah
as Mrs. Derringer
Griff Barnett
as Charley
Elsie Holmes
as Marian
Joe McGuinn
as Bus Driver
Nancy Kulp
as Edie
Joan Shawlee
as Dancer
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Quinn
Christopher Olsen
as Joey (age 6)
Patrick Butler
as Boy
Gordon Jones
as Steve


George Cukor
Bert Granet
Ruth Gordon
Garson Kanin
Joseph Walker
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Earl Bellamy
First Assistant Director