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Dream Wife (1953)





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Clemson Reade (Cary Grant) is the kind of man who wants to marry an old-fashioned girl, one who will stay home and take care of her husband. However, he's fallen in love with Priscilla "Effie" Effington (Deborah Kerr), who has an exciting career with the State Department that she has no intention of giving up. Clemson has the poor timing of proposing marriage to Effie just as she's in the middle of trying to resolve a major political crisis with the Middle Eastern nation of Bukistan; the United States wants to stay on Bukistan's good side, thanks to their plentiful reserves of oil. Tired of waiting for Effie, Clemson decides that he needs to find a potential bride who will follow his lead instead of her own, and he soon meets Princess Tarji (Betta Saint John), daughter of the King of Bukistan, who has spent her life learning to faithfully serve her man. Clemson half-seriously sends a telegram proposing marriage to Tarji, which touches off a political tempest in a teapot when Tarji responds by visiting the United States. The State Department decides that someone should look after Tarji while she's in America, and who should be given the assignment but Effie; to Clemson's chagrin, Effie uses her time with Tarji to enlighten her about the more liberated status of women in the West. By the way, don't bother looking for Bukistan in your atlas, the country doesn't really exist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cary Grant
as Clemson Reade
Walter Pidgeon
as Walter McBride
Buddy Baer
as Vizier
Les Tremayne
as Ken Landwell
Bruce Bennett
as Charlie Elkwood
Richard Anderson
as Henry Malvine
Dan Tobin
as Mr. Brown
as Rima
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Landwell
June Clayworth
as Mrs. Elkwood
Dan Barton
as Sailor
Mary Lawrence
as Mrs. Malvine
Faire Binney
as Mrs. Parker
Kay Riehl
as Woman
Edward Cassidy
as Customs Official
Perry Sheehan
as Evelyn the Receptionist
Lynne Marie Brown
as Miss Temple
Dick Rich
as Delivery Man
Jimmy Moss
as Small Boy
Gail Bonney
as `Mommy'
Lillian Culver
as Woman at Airport
Forbes Murray
as Man at Airport
Donald Dillaway
as Man at Airport
Gayne Whitman
as Man at Airport
John Alvin
as Reporter
William Hamel
as Reporter
Andre D'Arcy
as Bukistanian
Merrill McCormack
as Bukistanian
Bernie Gozier
as Bukistanian
Mohamed Ilbagi
as Bukistanian
Jim Cronin
as Bellhop
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Jack Chefe
as Captain
Marjorie Liszt
as Woman Cab Driver
Charles Sullivan
as Truck Driver
Vernon Rich
as McBride's Assistant
Robert Nichols
as Elevator Boy
Kathleen Freeman
as Chambermaid
Aram Katcher
as Bukistanian/Messenger
Rudy Rama
as Servant
Bob Lugo
as Guard
Dabbs Greer
as Elevator Boy
Hassan Khayyam
as Bukistanian Priest
Gordon Richards
as Sir Cecil
Jack George
as Clarence
Margaret Hedin
as Secretary
Inez Gorman
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Dream Wife

All Critics (2)

A romantic farce that is arch and overdrawn.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Flat sex farce.

July 21, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dream Wife

Had its moments mostly because of the charisma of the cast, but the plot was naive.

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