Every Girl Should Be Married is one of those rare comic delicacies that are always in good season. Out of that venerable theme of the war between the sexes in which the femmes are the guileful aggressors, Don Hartman has fashioned a sparklingly witty comedy of modern manners which will set off a chain reaction of chuckles.

Every Girl Should Be Married is one of those rare comic delicacies that are always in good season. Out of that venerable theme of the war between the sexes in which the femmes are the guileful aggressors, Don Hartman has fashioned a sparklingly witty comedy of modern manners which will set off a chain reaction of chuckles.

Betsy Drake is the young gal set upon hooking an eligible bachelor. Accidentally bumping into Cary Grant in a drugstore, she maps an elaborate pincer strategy after studiously gathering data on his habits and habitat. When this fails in a series of tactical reversals, she switches to piquing Grant with jealousy, using Franchot Tone, the boss of the department store in which she works, as the foil.

In a long part that keeps her within camera range for the full length of the film, Drake’s performance is a tour de force in the romantic comedy vein. She displays a remarkable range of expressiveness, going from pathos to frothiness with firm control.

Every Girl Should Be Married

Production

RKO. Director Don Hartman; Producer Don Hartman; Screenplay Don Hartman, Stephen Morehouse Avery; Camera George E. Diskant; Editor Harry Marker; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Caroll Clark

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Franchot Tone Diana Lynn Betsy Drake Alan Mowbray Elisabeth Risdon
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