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Next Time I Marry

Released Dec 1, 1938 1h 4m Romance Comedy List
Reviews 29% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
An heiress (Lucille Ball) plans to marry a ditchdigger (James Ellison), then divorce him in Reno to marry a foreigner (Lee Bowman). Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews More pleasant than it has a right to be. Rated: C+ Dec 25, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I really enjoyed this silly escapist fun. Lucy reveals her slap stick chops in this one. Without her, I doubt that I would have enjoyed it as much. But her real comedic skills were very apparent. An enjoyable movie....entertaining! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Passable screwball comedy will keep you entertained. Lucy's first starring role. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Lucille Ball is, and remains to this day, one of the funniest female comedians of all-time. Her famous TV sitcom, I Love Lucy, is still ranked as one of the funniest shows ever made and is still put at the top of the list. But Lucy also had a film career as well, and being a curious movie fan, I checked one of her films out. One of her lesser-known films, Next Time I Marry is an interesting and entertaining comedy Lucy starred about divorce. Lucille Ball plays Nancy Fleming, a rich millionaire who can only receive her inheritance if she marries an American. The first man she sees, a ditch-digger named Tony Anthony (James Elison), falls for her plan, which is to marry and then divorce in Reno. Since Nancy is already engaged to the foreigner Count Georgi (Lee Bowman), the marriage hits the papers, and Tony is accused of kidnapping. The two race to Reno and compete over who files for divorce first, but soon realize that they're falling in love at the same time. Also, Granville Bates plays HE Crocker, Nancy's rich uncle, and Mantan Moreland plays Tilby, Georgi's driver. After watching Next Time I Marry, I looked at the Tomatometer score for this, and the community score is at the dreaded 0%. 0%? Why is a comedy starring the hilarious Lucille Ball at a 0%? Sure, it's not as funny as I Love Lucy, but Lucille Ball is, you know, Lucille Ball, and this woman was born funny. Funny, funny, and pure funny, much funnier than "so-called" comedians today, like Seth McFarline. The comedy here is pretty funny. Lucy gets involved in some funny situations, such as being locked in a burning trailer, having competition with a hungry dog, gets caught up with some strangers on the road, and gets herself wet. James Elison has some laughs as the ditch-digger and her chemistry with Lucy is full of comedic energy. No, he's no Desi Arnaz, but it's not the worst couple I've seen on the screen together. Lee Bowman is memorable as the foreign count and has some fun competition with Lucy. And I also enjoyed the hungry dog seen in the film. Like Toto, he's well-trained. The story is very predictable, and I had predicted how the film was going to end, and it happened the way I predicted it. Without giving too much away, it ends on a happy note. While the story wasn't original, the cast and the comedy makes up for a familiar story. Despite a familiar story, Next Time I Marry is an entertaining and memorable comedy filled with fun comedy from Lucille Ball and features some good slapstick humor. It's short (at only an hour long), but with Lucy in the lead, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And I'm still puzzled by the 0% score. If you go to this site, you'll find the original poster for this film, if you're interested in these kinds of things. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member lucy makes this comedy worth a look see. year s/b 1938 not 1991 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Early Lucille Ball romantic comedy, a rather minor film, but with Garson Kanin directing and Ball starring, it can't be too bad, and it wasn't. Brisk pace, enjoyable story and quite short. Predictable, but good natured fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An heiress (Lucille Ball) plans to marry a ditchdigger (James Ellison), then divorce him in Reno to marry a foreigner (Lee Bowman).
Garson Kanin
Cliff Reid
Thames Williamson, John Twist, Helen Meinardi
Production Co
RKO Pictures
Romance, Comedy
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 1, 1938, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
1h 4m
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