Review: ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’

Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are teamed successfully here in a light and gay marital farce, with accent on the laugh side through generation of continual bickering of the pair.

Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are teamed successfully here in a light and gay marital farce, with accent on the laugh side through generation of continual bickering of the pair.

The Smiths (Lombard and Montgomery) are happily # though battlingly # married. A bantering question, ‘If you had to do it all over would you marry me’ and the obvious husbandly reply of ‘No’, starts things going. Advised that the three-year-old marriage is void because of legal technicalities, Mrs Smith tosses Mr Smith out of the house. Then the yarn develops into a run-around # with Mr making continual stabs to recapture his wife, while his law partner, (Gene Raymond) is a ready victim of her advances aimed at inspiring jealousy.

Alfred Hitchcock pilots the story in a straight farcical groove # with resort to slapstick interludes or overplaying by the characters. Pacing his assignment at a steady gait, Hitchcock catches all of the laugh values from the above par script of Norman Krasna.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Production

RKO. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer Harry E. Edington (exec.); Screenplay Norman Krasna; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor William Hamilton; Music Edward Ward; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, L.P. Williams

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Carole Lombard Robert Montgomery Gene Raymond Jack Carson Philip Merivale Lucile Watson
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