Mr. and Mrs. Smith (RKO 1941, Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard)

Mr and Mrs Smith

Mr and Mrs Smith was Alfred Hitchcock’s only comedy without suspense elements and it is a battle-of-the-sexes screwball with Carole Lombard Lombard and Robert Montgomery. A happily bantering married couple discover that a legal loophole has nullified their wedding; Montgomery’s wry refusal to hold a quick ceremony infuriates Lombard and leaves the door open for other possibilities.

Lombard and Hitchcock were great pals, and this is the production on which Lombard tweaked Hitchcock’s statement about actors being cattle by corralling on the set three calves with the stars’ names hung on them. This was Lombard’s penultimate film, followed by Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (1942), before her untimely death.

Cast: Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard, Jack Carson, Gene Raymond

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: Harry E. Edington
Director of Photography: Harry Stradling
Editor: William Hamilton
Composers: Edward Ward, Roy Webb
Screenwriter: Norman Krasna
Art Directors: Van Nest Polglase, L.P. Williams

USA / RKO / 95 minutes / 1941

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