6.1/10
270
12 user 2 critic

Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 23 August 1944 (USA)
Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

David Hertz (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Homecoming (1948)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At the end of WW2, aboard a repatriation ship, an Army doctor reminisces about his war years while being interviewed by a reporter.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Anne Baxter
Johnny Eager (1941)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The step-daughter of a district attorney falls in love with a gangster on parole who her father originally imprisoned.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold
Adventure | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later, Edmund returns with his son, William. Sophie's daughter, Marguerite, and William ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Van Heflin, Lana Turner, Donna Reed
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Women's Army Corps.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Lana Turner, Laraine Day, Susan Peters
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Despite his efforts to go straight, a young gangster keeps falling back into crime.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Lew Ayres, James Cagney, Charles Judels
Peyton Place (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf
In Name Only (1939)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: John Garfield, Priscilla Lane, Alan Hale
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson
Deception (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Without Love (1945)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In World War II Washington DC, Jamie Rowan, enters a loveless marriage with scientist Pat Jamieson and becomes his assistant. Struggles bring them closer together.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Theo West
James Craig ... Captain Miles Lancing
John Hodiak ... Lieutenant Tom West
Frances Gifford ... Sissy Mortimer
Hugh Marlowe ... Joseph I. Murdock
Natalie Schafer ... Irene Selworth
Keenan Wynn ... Major Bob Wilton
Herbert Rudley ... Ted Mortimer
Paul Cavanagh ... Mr. Selworth
Morris Ankrum ... Ed Scofield
Jane Green Jane Green ... Martha
Tom Drake ... Bill Rice
Shirley Patterson ... Mary Saunders
Neal Dodd Neal Dodd ... Minister (as Rev. Neal Dodd)
Nana Bryant ... Nurse
Edit

Storyline

Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal of Air Corps Lieutenant Tom West. After the honeymoon, Tom's father dies and Tom goes into the defense industry. When Theo has a baby, she hates the idea of being matronly and wants to be the old party girl. The problem is that her husband is working constantly. She looks to her friends, who are having their own problems, and to her old flame Captain Lancing. To decide on what she wants to do with her baby and her life, Theo must grow up. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's SO Romantic! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Felicidade Vem Depois See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,508,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $237,000 ($3.42M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Lana Turner carries "Tommie" out of the room after midnight on his birthday, you can see a hand reach for the doorknob on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Courtland West: You? My dear boy. Nobody's interested in you anymore. You're just the father.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the blank pages of a "marriage memories" album. See more »

Connections

Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gotta love that Lana
23 October 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lana Turner was a true movie star, and she again proves it in this vehicle, "Marriage is a Private Affair," from 1944, which stars Lana with John Hodiak and James Craig. The Taylors, the Gables et al. were off fighting the war.

Turner plays a young woman, Theo, extremely popular with the men, who marries a soldier (Hodiak) whom she barely knows, Lieutenant Tom West. Nevertheless, they are happy at first, and have a son. But Tom's work keeps him busy for hours on end, and Theo starts to miss all the attention she once had. She also misses being perceived as a young beauty; now she's a married woman with a child. Because Theo comes from a family where her mother (Natalie Schaefer) was much married and divorced, Theo begins to worry that she's not cut out for marriage, especially when an old beau (Braig) puts the moves on her, and she's tempted.

"Marriage is a Private Affair" is overly long, and the script isn't much, but it was no doubt relevant in wartime when women married men in haste who then went overseas.

This film is really all Lana, absolutely gorgeous, with her beautiful face, figure, and soft speaking voice, a vivacious, flirtatious, and sexy woman who still had elements of a young girl. She really had something special. Later in her life, the energy drained from her, and the scandals, the smoking, drinking, and sun damage all took effect, even if she remained beautiful. But the effervescence was gone.

Back in the late '30s and into the '40s, Lana's star presence could - and did - elevate the most tedious of films. Later on, with the big sunglasses, fur coat and head covered with a scarf, she did, too, but for different reasons. This film is pleasant enough - without her, it wouldn't be worth watching. I highly recommend it if you're not familiar with the young Lana.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed