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Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Released Jan 31, 1941 1h 35m Comedy List
65% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 48% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
When David Smith (Robert Montgomery) concedes to his wife, Ann (Carole Lombard), that he's not quite satisfied with their marriage, the couple's relationship spins into disarray. In the wake of David's confession, Ann learns that because of a legal snafu, they're not actually married. Ann uses her freedom to try the dating market, where she's courted by Jeff Custer (Gene Raymond), one of David's professional colleagues. David's attempts to win her back lead to several humorous situations. Read More Read Less
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THR Staff Hollywood Reporter It may be disappointing to many of the followers of Norman Krasna, Alfred Hitchcock and Carole Lombard who expected extreme brilliance from that trio, but there's enough fun in it to send you home happy with your entertainment. Mar 1, 2018 Full Review David Parkinson Empire Magazine Some sparkling moments but this rare Hitchcock comedy farce is hit and miss. Rated: 3/5 Mar 20, 2012 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are teamed successfully here in a light and gay marital farce. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy This is notable for being the only screwball comedy on the director’s Hollywood resume, and we are forever thankful for that. After all, nobody else could have made Psycho or Vertigo, but plenty of other filmmakers could have made Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 30, 2024 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Carole Lombard does her best in Mr. and Mrs. Smith but the film is more or less a blip in Hitchcock's filmography. Rated: 3/5 Feb 13, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock has infused Mr. and Mrs. Smith with a light and breezy feel that certainly complements Norman Krasna's less-than-substantial screenplay... Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 16, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The script is so bad and uninteresting the actors can't do anything with it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 05/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I absolutely loved this movie! Good clean cynical sarcasm and humor are right up my alley! Also, I couldn't get enough of the great 1940s wardrobes and settings👍🏼 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review david b a I don't think my expectations are extreme when it comes to comedy, but this movie basically falls flat, is how I would put it. To be more specific as to why, here are three reasons: 1) the humor is not very funny; this is first and foremost a failure of the script and plot line 2) Robert Montgomery seems stiff and somewhat uninvolved. I understand that Cary Grant was the first choice for the part, and indeed he would have brought more energy and dare I say, creativity, to the role 3) the story lacks credibility, and seems to wander a great deal. There are many elements with the potential to be side-splitters, but none are taken advantage of, and then the next comes along, and the next, and the next. I gave this 2 1/2 (not 1) stars primarily due to an enjoyable, radiant performance by Carole Lombard. Unfortunately, that is not enough to make up for the other lacks in the movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member About as un-Hitchcockian as he got in his Hollywood period. This is possibly why it's routinely disregarded. It's nowhere near the best of his Hollywood era it's true but it's not his worst either. Naked Gun even borrowed one of the jokes 4 decades later. Probably avoid this film if you only watch Hitchcock films for the suspenseful thrillers. Mildly entertaining and whimsically funny at times. Better than I thought it would be. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review paul d A disappointment. Although it's supposed to be a screwball comedy, it never gets into gear, remaining merely a sweet and lighthearted romantic comedy all the way through. This is despite its promising opening 20 minutes, its great premise for the screwball genre, and a Herculean effort from Carole Lombard, one of the all-time great comedic actresses. My sense is that the story and dialogue are just not snappy enough. It's also the least interesting Hitchcock film I've seen, and in fact I would never, ever have guessed that Hitchcock did this if his name were not on the opening credits. That said, there are three reasons to watch this film: to see Carole Lombard trying mightily; to see her fabulous wardrobe; and to see what might be Hitchcock's worst film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I never thought a marriage this toxic could also be this entertaining. What this Hitch film lacks in visual style it replaces with a couple of charming lead performers in a proto-sitcom rom-com of misunderstandings. It's a very silly, high-concept curio that's worth watching if for no other reason than to see the master filmmaker stretch his genre-legs a bit. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When David Smith (Robert Montgomery) concedes to his wife, Ann (Carole Lombard), that he's not quite satisfied with their marriage, the couple's relationship spins into disarray. In the wake of David's confession, Ann learns that because of a legal snafu, they're not actually married. Ann uses her freedom to try the dating market, where she's courted by Jeff Custer (Gene Raymond), one of David's professional colleagues. David's attempts to win her back lead to several humorous situations.
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
Harry E. Edington
Screenwriter
Norman Krasna
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 31, 1941, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 15, 2008
Runtime
1h 35m
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