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Let’s Make It Legal (TCF 1951, Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey)

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This romantic comedy, written by F. Hugh Herbert and future Billy Wilder partner I.A.L. Diamond, focuses on glamorous grandmother Miriam (Claudette Colbert), who has recently divorced her inveterate gambler husband, Hugh (Macdonald Carey). Fortuitously, her old flame (Zachary Scott), turns up; he’s now a millionaire and he’s got courting on his mind, much to the dismay of Miriam and Hugh’s grown daughter (Barbara Bates), who’s scheming to get her parents back together. Up-and-coming Fox contract players Marilyn Monroe and Robert Wagner appear in small roles.

Lucien Ballard, cinematographer for Let’s Make It Legal, made his name shooting in black and white, but would win greater fame with such classic color Westerns as Sam Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country (1962) and The Wild Bunch (1969).

production details
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 77 minutes / 1951

Director: Richard Sale
Producer: Robert Bassler
Original Story: Mortimer Braus
Cinematography: Lucien Ballard
Editor: Robert Fritch
Music: Cyril Mockridge
Script: I. A. L. Diamond, F. Hugh Herbert
Art Direction: Albert Hogsett, Lyle Wheeler

cast
Kathleen Freeman as Reporter (uncredited)
Macdonald Carey as Hugh Halsworth
Zachary Scott as Victor Macfarland
Ralph Sanford as Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Claudette Colbert as Miriam Halsworth
Barbara Bates as Barbara Denham
Robert Wagner as Jerry Denham
Marilyn Monroe as Joyce Mannering
Frank Cady as Ferguson
Harry Harvey as Postman (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Paul Gerrits as Milkman (uncredited)
Carol Savage as Miss Jessup (uncredited)
Jim Hayward as Pete the Gardener (uncredited)

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