Grounds for Marriage (1951)

89-91 mins | Romantic comedy | 19 January 1951

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Producer:

Samuel Marx

Cinematographer:

John Alton

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Kathryn Grayson and Van Johnson recreated their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 10 Nov ... More Less

Kathryn Grayson and Van Johnson recreated their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 10 Nov 1952. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Dec 1950.
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Daily Variety
12 Dec 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Dec 50
p. 14.
Hollywood Citizen-News
13 Jan 1951.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 May 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 50
p. 3.
Los Angeles Mirror
12 Jan 1951.
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Los Angeles Times
13 Jan 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Dec 50
p. 614.
New York Times
11 Jan 51
p. 29.
New York Times
12 Jan 51
p. 24.
Variety
13 Dec 50
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Robert Sherwood
Nita Mathews
Walter Kelly
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Robert Z. Leonard Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
COSTUMES
Women's cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Background mus score
Excerpts from "La Bohéme" and "Carmen" staged by
SOUND
Rec supv
Sound
VISUAL EFFECTS
Mont seq
MAKEUP
Hair styles des
Hairstylist
Makeup created by
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Grip
SOURCES
SONGS
"Habañera" from the opera Carmen , music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
selections from the opera La Bohéme , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 January 1951
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 January 1951
Los Angeles opening: 12 January 1951
Production Date:
mid May--late June 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 October 1950
Copyright Number:
LP618
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-91
Length(in feet):
8,052
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14752
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Throat specialist Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett is dismayed when his ex-wife, opera diva Ina Massine, returns to New York after three years and suggests that their divorce may have been a mistake. Although Linc is now engaged to Agnes Young, the daughter of his mentor, Dr. Carleton Radwin Young, Ina is determined to win Linc back. She arranges with her old friend, impressario "Delly" Delacorte, to be the featured singer for a doctor's orchestra in which Linc plays the oboe, and pretends not to care when the flustered Linc introduces her to Agnes. A few days later, Ina lets herself into their old apartment while Linc is showering. He tries to make her leave, because his older brother Chris, a toy manufacturer who has always been attracted to Ina, and Agnes will soon arrive for drinks, but just as Linc grabs Ina's arm to throw her out, Chris and Agnes come in. Although annoyed, Agnes accepts Linc's explanation of what happened. On Ina's opening night in La Bohème , she has a sore throat, and Delly calls Dr. Young. Because Young is away, Linc comes in his stead, not knowing the consultation is for Ina, and assumes she is faking. When he examines her throat, though, she shows symptoms of a tropical disease he fears she picked up on tour in South America. He warns that she must rest her voice or risk losing it permanently, and she pretends to acquiesce, but moments later goes onstage. After an impeccable performance, Ina concludes that Linc has made a bad diagnosis, until the next day, when she goes into a screaming rage after reading about ... +


Throat specialist Dr. Lincoln I. Bartlett is dismayed when his ex-wife, opera diva Ina Massine, returns to New York after three years and suggests that their divorce may have been a mistake. Although Linc is now engaged to Agnes Young, the daughter of his mentor, Dr. Carleton Radwin Young, Ina is determined to win Linc back. She arranges with her old friend, impressario "Delly" Delacorte, to be the featured singer for a doctor's orchestra in which Linc plays the oboe, and pretends not to care when the flustered Linc introduces her to Agnes. A few days later, Ina lets herself into their old apartment while Linc is showering. He tries to make her leave, because his older brother Chris, a toy manufacturer who has always been attracted to Ina, and Agnes will soon arrive for drinks, but just as Linc grabs Ina's arm to throw her out, Chris and Agnes come in. Although annoyed, Agnes accepts Linc's explanation of what happened. On Ina's opening night in La Bohème , she has a sore throat, and Delly calls Dr. Young. Because Young is away, Linc comes in his stead, not knowing the consultation is for Ina, and assumes she is faking. When he examines her throat, though, she shows symptoms of a tropical disease he fears she picked up on tour in South America. He warns that she must rest her voice or risk losing it permanently, and she pretends to acquiesce, but moments later goes onstage. After an impeccable performance, Ina concludes that Linc has made a bad diagnosis, until the next day, when she goes into a screaming rage after reading about Linc and Agnes' impending marriage and suddenly cannot speak. When Young examines Ina's throat, he tells Linc that it is not a tropical disease, but the psychosomatic illness "functional euphonia," that the high-strung Ina contracted following the shock of Linc's marriage announcement. Young advises that psychiatric help and a new love interest will lead to Ina's speedy recovery. A worried Linc then relates the problem to Chris, who is happy to provide Ina's new love interest. He suggests that they both go out with Ina, then Linc should gradually come up with phony emergencies so that Chris and Ina can be alone. Linc agrees to a thirty-day trial, but Ina shows no interest in Chris. One evening, when Chris is entertaining out-of-town clients, Ina uses her time alone with Linc to show him her diary, hoping to prove to him that the divorce was not entirely her fault. She then suggests that they go to Greenwich Village to one of their favorite places from the old days. Although he is reluctant, Linc enjoys the Dixieland music and dances the Charleston so enthusiastically that he attracts the attention of some of Agnes' friends. On the way home in a cab, Ina cuddles up to Linc, causing him to lose a button. She pantomimes that she can mend it for him and invites him back to her place. In her apartment, Ina continues to try to seduce Linc, but he leaves after receiving a call from the cabbie, whom he had secretly asked to telephone him feigning a medical emergency. The next morning, Agnes' friends call to tell her about Linc, prompting her to confront him. He manages to assuage her anger and goes through with a planned lecture to her women's club on avoiding the common cold, only to come down with one himself as the club's air conditioning unit blows cold air on him. When Agnes phones him that night, he encourages her to go to the theater with Chris, instead of coming to attend him, so that he can get some sleep. He also speaks with Stella, Ina's maid, and asks her to tell Ina that he is too sick to go out. A short time later, Ina lets herself into the apartment and comforts Linc with a warm foot bath, some soup and a hot toddy. Her remedies soon relax the feverish Linc and he falls into a deep sleep listening to a recording of her singing Bizet's Carmen . The music inspires Linc to dream that he, Agnes and Chris are also in the opera and he awakens screaming for Ina. Ina, meanwhile, has been sleeping in a pair of his pajamas on the couch, and when he awakens her suddenly, her voice returns. They are both so happy that they embrace, just as Chris and Agnes walk into the apartment. Agnes is furious, especially when Linc tries to explain that he was following her father's recommendation. Hearing this, Ina is also angry and leaves, still in Linc's pajamas. When Agnes then sternly advises him on what the terms of their marriage must be, Linc suddenly loses his voice and Agnes storms out. Just then, a policemen brings back Ina, who was not appropriately dressed for walking the streets. When she deduces that Linc's functional euphonia means that he still loves her, she agrees to marry him again and they kiss, thus restoring his voice. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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