“If you had it all to do over again, would you still have married me?”
When a quibbling but happily married couple (Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard) find out their marriage isn’t valid, Montgomery tries to woo Lombard all over again — but his co-worker (Gene Raymond) has his eyes set on Lombard as well, and soon proves to be a serious rival for Lombard’s affections.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Carole Lombard Films
- Hitchcock Films
- Jack Carson Films
- Marital Problems
- Robert Montgomery Films
- Romantic Comedy
Hitchcock purportedly directed this screwball comedy (his only entry in the genre) because he wanted to work with Carole Lombard — and who can blame him? Indeed, Lombard remains the primary reason to check out this frothy but oddly forgettable farce, based on a paper-thin premise (then again, which screwball comedy isn’t?), and featuring a fine rapport between Lombard and Montgomery.
Unfortunately, bland Gene Raymond is badly miscast as the pivotal third lead:
While he’s supposed to be somewhat of a milquetoast (which, by the way, doesn’t jive with his aggressively sneaky initial play for Lombard), one can’t help wishing that Jack Carson — truly hilarious in a bit role as Montgomery’s well-meaning friend, who sets him up with a floozy — were playing this meatier role instead.
Meanwhile, Hitchcock’s direction — in spite of his claim that he couldn’t relate to the characters in any way — is seamless if undistinguished; clearly, he was a man capable of carrying out any directorial duty placed before him.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Carole Lombard as Mrs. Smith
- Robert Montgomery as Mr. Smith
No; this one is only for Hitchcock completists, though it’s certainly worth a look — especially for Lombard.