The Marrying Kind

Synopsis: Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing the judge encourages them to remember the good times they have had hoping that the marriage can be saved.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

I'm telling you no.

Talk it over inside.

Come on, break it up now.

If I have anymore trouble up there,

I'll bust somebody in the head!

...why he gets to see the kids every week!

You big liar!

Now the point we're making...

You know, Counselor, there's an old saying:

"There are three sides to every story:

"Yours, his, and the truth. "

Mr. Keefer here said nothing but that, truth.

As he sees it.

Never saw a case yet

where the fault was all one side.

So let's try to compromise.

Your Honor, my client is convinced

there's no hope.

You see, what we're dealing with here

isn't a sick marriage, it's a dead one.

What am I, the undertaker?

- Now on Page 9 of the second deposition...

- 6:

00, gentlemen. Awful lot to cover still.

- I suggest we resume 9:00 a. m.

- Okay with me.

- Why 9:
00 a. m.?

- We have no choice.

Mrs. Keefer, could I have a word with you?

- Sure.

- And you, too, Mr. Keefer.

- Over here.

- Me?

You'll excuse us, please, the rest of you?

Well, I don't do this very often.

- Once in a while.

- Okay to smoke in here?

Well, I suppose it is now.

- Go ahead, Mrs. Keefer.

- She doesn't smoke.

I gave it up.

You agree with your Mr. Jenner,

about this marriage is dead?

I think so.

What about you?

I don't know what I think by now.

How did you two happen to meet?

- What's the difference?

- Wasn't anything special.

We just...

We happened to...

- Just a pickup.

- It was not!

Okay, it was not.

- Where?

- Central Park.

That's right, Central Park.

It was one summer,

and I had this friend George Bastian...

and we had a habit

of every Saturday afternoon...

sometimes Sundays,

to go over in the park and horse around.

Play a game of ball,

get a rowboat, pitch pennies.

But this one day, we happened

to be walking along having a discussion...

and we were figuring this idea

back and forth...

about the post office, see,

where both of us worked.

And we were real engrossed,

like you get on scientific subjects.

The next thing you know, two girls

come walking right through between us.

So we looked them over, and George says,

"Bet you $1 they look back. "

So I said, "Bet!"

- So, sure enough, they looked back!

- We did not!

I remember paying him $1!

Then George gets this idea

to cut around this other path...

and run, see, very fast up

and around past them.

I didn't want to do it, but he drags me,

practically, over a hill there.

I don't go in for that kind of kid stuff,

but George, that's how he is.

I couldn't talk him out of it,

and I couldn't hold him back.

So, on the other side, sure enough,

there they were, giving us the eye.

And we come right through between them.

But we kept right on walking.

We never looked back at all.

It so happens I remember it different.

That's how it was.

Then George says to do it again.

So we go racing around, and by this time

we figured they must have been going crazy.

We just sort of kidded them along

as if we knew them.

As if we weren't wise

to the whole gag all along!

- And again we didn't look back.

- We neither.

But by this time, I got a good look at them

and they looked nice...

you know, regular,

not just a couple of ordinary girls.

I don't remember exactly

what happened next.

But next thing you know,

we're all standing around talking.

Then George,

right away with the address book.

That's the kind of a guy he was.

And I said to him, "Put it away. "

But no, he keeps trying to date them up.

That George, he has no resistance.

So then we started going around together,

the four of us, two couples.

I remember once

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Ruth Gordon

Ruth Gordon Jones (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on Broadway at age nineteen. Known for her nasal voice and distinctive personality, she gained international recognition and critical acclaim for film roles that continued into her seventies and eighties. Her later work included performances in Rosemary's Baby (1968), Harold and Maude (1971), and the Clint Eastwood films Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).In addition to her acting career, Gordon wrote numerous plays, film scripts, and books, most notably co-writing the screenplay for the 1949 film Adam's Rib. Gordon won an Academy Award, an Emmy, and two Golden Globe Awards for her acting, as well as receiving three Academy Award nominations for her writing. more…

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