Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

A Marriage of Strangers 

Marry in haste, repent at leisure? Well, maybe.


Alex Segal


Reginald Rose


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Red Buttons ... Jerry
Diana Lynn ... Louise Benedict Shoemaker
Joan Blondell ... Mrs. Patrick
Malcolm Atterbury ... Mr. Emhardt
Betty Walker Betty Walker ... Bertha
Barbara Turner Barbara Turner ... Selma
Richard Collier ... Mr. Fox
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Mr. Neegan
Gina Gillespie ... Kathy Patrick
Larrian Gillespie Larrian Gillespie ... Sharon Patrick
Joyce Jameson ... Elsie
Milton Frome ... Collins
Michael Fox ... The Teacher
Pattie Chapman Pattie Chapman ... Millie (as Pattee Chapmon)
Nancy Kulp ... Leona


Marry in haste, repent at leisure? Well, maybe.

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Release Date:

14 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Ruby Goldstein & Red Buttons (1959) See more »

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"A Marriage of Strangers" was an unforgettable dramatic experience.
8 August 2007 | by ahoudeSee all my reviews

This Playhouse 90 play was originally shown on television in 1959. Playhouse 90 plays were always absorbing, but this one was such an exceptional presentation I never forgot the feelings it generated. Only recently did I discover its title and year of presentation. Red Buttons and Diana Lynn were ideal for their roles. They dissolved into them and gave unbelievably natural performances as two sensitive people who married after they had barely met. They spend the rest of the play in self discovery and becoming acquainted with each other. It was a memorable experience to watch this unfold–one that has lasted in my thoughts for nearly 50 years.

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