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 »


Robert Z. Leonard


David Hertz (screen play by), Lenore J. Coffee (screen play by) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »





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 ... Mrs. 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


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 <>

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[Tennessee Williams], then little-known, contributed some additional dialogue to the film without credit. See more »


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 »


Ed Scofield: [about Theo's marriage] Are you... are you sure that's all over?
Theo West: [hugs him] Oh, Father, I don't know. I... I broke up our marriage because I was never sure I belonged to Tom. You see, I've never been certain of anything- and, what's even more horrible, I probably never will be.
Ed Scofield: Yes, you will be. Somewhere, somehow, five years or five minutes from now, some man will come through that door or another door, and the minute you look at him, you'll be sure.
Theo West: And if I'm not?
Ed Scofield: Then you must never marry again.....
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Opening credits are shown over the blank pages of a "marriage memories" album. See more »


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I liked it
22 November 2002 | by awdudeSee all my reviews

I liked it. I thought it portrayed the struggles which many of us have. Lana Turner's character is undecided in life about quite a few issues, particularly marriage, though she also seems to have certain ideal views of these subjects. The last half of the movie I thought had the plot thicken so that her ambivalence would indeed make her character get stretched to the testing point. Actually quite a few testing points occur: with longtime boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, etc. After seeing the wreckage in her life and those around her, she does reach some mature decisions.

While we each may not have the same marriage commitment problem this movie showed, we can nonetheless use it as metaphor for our other personal struggles.

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Release Date:

23 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marriage Is a Private Affair See more »


Box Office


$1,508,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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