Fox // 1961 // 97 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // April 13th, 2013
She wants to have a baby...and my husband!!!
A nubile Swedish gymnast (Julie Newmar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) decides she wants to have the perfect baby by mating with a genius. The only problem is she picks a married college professor (James Mason, North by Northwest), and his wife (Susan Hayward, I Want to Live!) is none too happy about this decision. This strange little comedy was made in an era when it was okay for a married older man to leer at at a young girl, and boy does that make it dated. The poor wife just has to sort of sulk and suss all of this out, and the husband can act like a heel by actually considering this ludicrous proposition. It's kind of gross when you look back on it, but apart from the icky premise it's a fluffy picture that doesn't actually go to the dark places it certainly could. We get to see lots of men fawn over Julie Newmar, and watch Susan Hayward try to charm the pants back on James Mason. If that sounds like your bag, then this one is worth checking out.
The Marriage-Go-Round is from 20th Century Fox's "Cinema Archives" collection which means it is a DVR pressed upon a consumer's order. The transfer is nice and does well with the Cinemascope presentation, so the colors and the widescreen all look great. Clarity is nice, and it looks handsome enough for a DVR. Detail is a touch soft, and there is a noticeable wash of grain. The mono soundtrack is just fine as well. There are no extras, and even the chapter stops are simply ten minute skips forward in the film. This is a no frills presentation, but serviceable to watch.
Fans of Susan Hayward or any of the rest of the cast will probably be glad to get a chance to see this comedy even if it is dated with questionable values. Of course this also comes from a time when couples were pictured sleeping in separate twin beds too. Maybe that was the problem back then! Married couples weren't very sexy, and young Julie Newmar was. An older man was still potent, and an older woman was just expected to go along with things. The Marriage-Go-Round comes to us from 1961, and that's hard to forget. It all came from a play that won Newmar a Tony award, but this forgettable film didn't win anybody any accolades.
Guilty of being dated and not as much fun as it should be.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Release Year: 1961
MPAA Rating: Not Rated