Review: ‘Let’s Make It Legal’

Let's Make It Legal is a frothy comedy package about a middle-aged couple's divorce and their eventual reconciliation. Gags and mildly amusing situations abound in the script [from a story by Mortimer Braus], but they're never genuinely effective.

Let’s Make It Legal is a frothy comedy package about a middle-aged couple’s divorce and their eventual reconciliation. Gags and mildly amusing situations abound in the script [from a story by Mortimer Braus], but they’re never genuinely effective.

After 20 years of varying bliss, Claudette Colbert and Macdonald Carey call it quits. Just when the final decree becomes effective Zachary Scott comes on the scene. An old beau of Colbert’s, he still has the fire of conquest burning in him. Like a blooded racehorse running his last match, Carey rises to meet the competition and manages to throttle it before the last frame is off the spool.

Performances are fairly good. Colbert rolls off her lines easily. Carey, while giving it a valiant try, isn’t quite plausible as a man who’d go around spraying roses as well as roues. Scott is well cast as the libertine. Barbara Bates and Robert Wagner are suitably annoying as the young couple who pry into their elders’ affairs.

Let's Make It Legal

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Richard Sale; Producer Robert Bassler; Screenplay F. Hugh Herbert, I.A.L. Diamond; Camera Lucien Ballard; Editor Robert Fritch; Music Cyril Mockridge

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Claudette Colbert Macdonald Carey Zachary Scott Barbara Bates Robert Wagner Marilyn Monroe
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