Marry Me! (1949 film)

Marry Me! (alternative title: I Want to Get Married[2]) is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Terence Fisher, and starring Derek Bond, Susan Shaw, Patrick Holt, Carol Marsh and David Tomlinson.[3]

Marry Me!
Original British cinema poster
Directed byTerence Fisher
Produced byBetty Box
Written byLewis Gilbert
Denis Waldock
StarringDerek Bond
Susan Shaw
Music byClifton Parker
CinematographyRay Elton
Edited byGordon Pilkington
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
7 June 1949
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£63,000 (by 1953)[1]

The movie was formerly known as I Want to Get Married.[4]


David Haig (David Tomlinson) is a newspaper journalist who is instructed by his editor to go undercover at a popular matchmaking service to get the scoop on whether there are true cupids or not. The film covers several aspiring relationships of various couples, including a French woman running from her abusive boyfriend and seeking citizenship, a butler, his master and a schoolteacher, an attractive girl in a restaurant who falls for a priest and various others. The central plot revolves around Haig's disastrous encounters with various poor match-ups and an ideal match a young waitress.

The film has elements of dark drama and self-pity leading to lost love, but it is primarily a romantic comedy.

Most of the gentle romances are successful, even if it takes a little 'slapstick' to achieve.

In the end, the only relationship that fails is the priest and the allure girl, as she sees herself as unworthy of his love and rejects him.



The film was a box office flop recording a loss of £67,600.[1]


  1. Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 211
  2. BFI Film database: Marry Me! Retrieved 2012-04-14
  3. All Movie entry
  4. "Irish Actor "Choosy"". The Argus. Melbourne. 15 February 1949. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Woman's Magazine. Retrieved 17 December 2015 via National Library of Australia.

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