Made for Each Other (February 10, 1939)
Released February 10, 1939: John and Jane fall in love at first sight and are convinced that they were made for each other, but after a few years of hard times they decide to split up on New Year's Eve.
Produced by David O. Selznick
Directed by John Cromwell
Written by Jo Swerling, Rose Franken and Frank Ryan
The Actors: Carole Lombard (Jane Mason), James Stewart (John Horace Mason), Charles Coburn (Judge Joseph M. Doolittle), Lucile Watson (Mrs. Harriet Mason), Louise Beavers (Lily the cook), Eddie Quillan (Conway), Milburn Stone (Newark Official), Alma Kruger (Sister Madeline), Irving Bacon (Newark radio operator), Raymond Bailey (Salt lake City Hospital chemist), Bonnie Belle Barber (John Mason Jr., infant), Ward Bond (Jim Hatton), Donald Briggs (Mr. Carter), Harlan Briggs (Judge), Lane Chandler (ranger on phone), Russ Clark (Omaha radio operator), Monte Collins (juror), James Conaty (co-worker), Esther Dale (Anne, cook number 1), Harry Davenport (Dr. Healy), Edgar Dearing (mounted policeman), Harry Depp (Hutch), Robert Elliott (airport operations manager), Fern Emmett (farmer's wife), Betty Farrington (hospital cashier), Mary Field (Johns Hopkins technician), Fred Fuller (younger Doolittle), Ruth Gillette (tipsy blonde at New Year's Eve Party), Russell Hopton (Collins), Olin Howland (farmer), Arthur Hoyt (jury foreman), Victor Killian Jr. (Chicago radio operator), Tom London (Ranger), Ethel Marical (nurse), Edwin Maxwell (Messerschmidt), Tom McGuire (bailiff), James McNamara (juror), Carlyle Moore Jr. (North Platte radio operator), Wilhelmina Morris (nurse), Jack Mulhall (Rock Springs radio operator), Robert Emmett O'Connor (Harry, elevator starter), Renee Orsell (Hilda, cook number 2), Garry Owen (Denver radio operator), John Picorri (juror), Mickey Rentschler (office boy), Cyril Ring (office worker), Mildred Shay (John Horace Mason's secretary), Ivan F. Simpson (Simon, Judge Doolittle's brother), Jackie Taylor (John Mason Jr. at one year old), Nella Walker (Dr. Langham's Nurse/Receptionist), Ruth Weston (Eunice Doolittle), Marjorie Wood (nurse), Harry Worth (New York Hospital chemist).
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A New Year's Eve to Die For . . .
This is one of the rare big-budget David O. Selznick blockbuster movies that fell into public domain by accident. It is also rare to see the original screwball comedy blonde Carole Lombard in a serious part, and you'll see plenty of Carole in tears and dispair. The medical crisis scenes were inspired by an experience that David O. Selznick had when trying to fly a special serum to his critically ill brother.
Our movie opens with Jimmy Stewart, as young lawyer John Mason, returning to the New York office from a short trip to Boston to get a deposition for an upcoming trial. It seems that while in Boston he met and quickly married a girl that he fell in love with on first sight. This bodes trouble for him at the office, since the senior partner Judge Doolittle had plans to hook his young daughter up with John. But John and Jane are wildly in love, and nothing can slow down their relationship. Did I say 'nothing'? Well, this happy relationship is about to endure trials and tribulations that few marriages would survive. First there is the mother-in-law, John's mother that lives with them . . . And Mother has always been the head of the household . . . 'Nuff said. Then things at work don't go as expected, and not only does his competitor Carter get the next big promotion, but the same day that John is about to ask for a raise, Doolittle informs him that times are tough, the clients are cutting back, and John must take a twenty five percent pay cut. But Jane is loyally faithful to John, and gives him more moral support than most men are fortunate enough to get. She is determined to make a success of Johnny and their marriage come hell or high water . . . Until New Year's Eve and the big company party . . . The party that Johnny and Jane will not attend . . . It is New Year's Eve and near the stroke of midnight . . . and Johnny and Jane decide to get a divorce . . . Love at first sight may be ending on the happiest night of the year . . . Johnny and Jane have a champagne toast to the end of their whirlwind love affair . . . The two lovers that swore that they were made for each other are ending it all on New Year's Eve . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Carole Lombard as Jane Mason
Carole Lombard and Esther Dale
Carole Lombard and James Stewart
Carole Lombard pleads with God
Carole Lombard kisses Jimmy Stewart
Carole Lombard at the New Year's Eve party
Charles Coburn greets Jimmy Stewart
Donald Briggs, Ruth Weston, Lucille Watson and Charles Coburn
Esther Dale and James Stewart
Jackie Taylor and Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard and Jimmy Stewart
James Stewart and Carole Lombard
Jimmy Stewart and Harry Davenport
Jimmy Stewart on New Year's Eve
James Stewart and Carole Lombard
Louise Beavers and Carole Lombard