A willful woman concocts an elaborate scheme to trap a handsome pediatrician into marriage.


Don Hartman


Eleanor Harris (story), Stephen Morehouse Avery (screen play collaboration) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Dr. Madison Brown
Franchot Tone ... Roger Sanford
Diana Lynn ... Julie Howard
Betsy Drake ... Anabel Sims
Alan Mowbray ... Mr. Spitzer
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mary Nolan
Richard Gaines ... Sam McNutt
Harry Hayden Harry Hayden ... Gogarty
Chick Chandler ... Soda Clerk
Leon Belasco ... Violinist
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Pierre
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Saleslady


Living in the big city, Anabel Sims, a shop girl at Roger Sanford and Co. Department Store, has matrimony at the front of her mind, but no potential husband discounting "Old Joe" back in her hometown of Greenville, he who she has no intention of marrying even if he asks her. She knows who she will want to marry once she sees the man, and believes that women should be able to take on the traditional male role in the courtship ritual in pursuing that man. It is love at first sight for her when she spots who she will learn is esteemed pediatrician Dr. Madison W. Brown, she indeed using every trick at her disposal to get him to want to marry her. She learns that he is a creature of habit, which makes it easy for her to stalk him, but she also learns that he considers himself a confirmed bachelor, and if he does decide to marry that he wants to choose his own wife rather than the other way around as he quickly learns what she is doing in constantly and "accidentally" running into him. As ... Written by Huggo

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"Every Girl Should be Married" says Cary Grant, Noted Bachelor Baby Doctor, so she took his advice and married HIM! See more »




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Finnish censorship visa register # 031842. See more »


The picture of Anabel and Sanford published in the newspaper was not the shot taken of them on the street. See more »


Anabel Sims: You don't happen to know any millionaires, do you?
Julie Howard: If I did I'd avoid 'em.
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Featured in Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man (1988) See more »


La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Played often throughout the picture
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
6 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It's just another day at work for shop girls Betsy Drake and Diana Lynn, who over lunch decide that Every Girl Should Be Married. Especially after Betsy sees just the man she ought to be married to in the person of Cary Grant. Ironically enough that's exactly whom she did marry in real life.

But back to this film, Betsy stalks and pursues him with the charm of an innocent child and as relentless as a jungle cat. These kind of films are kind of hard to pull off because if not done right you do come over like a stalker. Still Drake is successful enough to make you believe in her innocence.

In fact for a film that stars Cary Grant and Franchot Tone, the real lead in the film is Betsy Drake. Grant does get in a few good moments however, the best being when he in his capacity as a noted pediatrician, Drake takes his audience away with her questions about his bachelorhood. Grant's reaction shots are priceless.

Twelve years earlier Grant and Tone co-starred with Jean Harlow in Suzy with the billing completely reversed. It was at MGM and Tone's studio and Grant wasn't as big a name then. In those years their careers had completely reversed and Tone was now usually a second lead, but in this he was his usual rich playboy, the parts now he'd become used to being typecast in.

In those same years Grant left his original studio at Paramount and his career pattern had him going back and forth from RKO and Columbia. Every Girl Should Be Married was Cary Grant's final film at RKO, a studio where he'd done such things as Bringing Up Baby, The Awful Truth, Mr Favorite Wife, and Mr. Lucky to name a few. Every Girl Should Be Married ain't quite up to the standards of these classics, but it has its moments.

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English | French

Release Date:

25 December 1948 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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