Made For Each Other1939 Movie – Comedy, Drama, Romance

Made For Each Other1939 Movie – Comedy, Drama, Romance

There is a great deal of drama in Made For Each Other. There is a comedy in this 92-minute movie, however, Made For Each Other is not “a comedy.” The phrase “made for each,” other implies that the couple in this movie is so perfectly suited for each other that it’s no surprise when a couple is happily married. However, I’ll leave it up to the viewers to decide if the couple in this movie are indeed, made for each other.

Although I am tempted to give away the plot, it is not my intention to do so. You just need to be reminded of this 92-minute gem. “Made For Each Other” was made in 1939. What movie made in 1939 wasn’t good? Here are just a few of the other films made in 1939:

    • Gone with the Wind (Best Picture winner)
    • Goodbye, Mr. Chips
    • Love Affair
    • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    • Ninotchka
    • Of Mice and Men
    • Stagecoach
    • The Wizard of Oz
    • Wuthering Heights

No wonder 1939 is considered by many to be the best movie year ever.
It’s my desire that you will find out that some of the lesser-known works are also worthy of your attention too.

Selznick International Pictures – an Independent Production Company

David O. Selznick founded his production company in 1935. It was dissolved in 1943. Rebecca (1940) and Gone With the Wind (1939) won Best Picture. Three other of his pictures were nominated: A Star is Born, Since You Went Away, and Spellbound.

As you can tell, Selznick was very picky in choosing what projects to produce. He thought that only cheap or very expensive pictures could make a profit in the movie industry. He had the reputation of producing high quality (and often very expensive works).

Distributed by United Artists

Director – John Cromwell

John Cromwell was an actor and director on the stage and in the movies.
He started out on the stage in 1912 as an actor. He was a successful Broadway director. In the late 1920s, he moved to Hollywood and was astonished that the movie industry was terrified of the new talkies. Because of his 28 successes as a movie director and sometimes director-actor, he was persuaded By David O. Selznick to direct Made For Each Other.

Stars – Some unlikely contenders

  • James Stewart
    • Excelled in screwball comedies. Made For Each Other is not a screwball comedy.
    • His ability to portray believable emotion shows through as Mr. Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • Carole Lombard
    • John Cromwell saw that the queen of screwball comedy had the potential of being a great dramatic actress.
    • Her lead role in They Knew What They Wanted (1040) would provide more evidence to confirm her as a dramatic actress.
    • Too bad her life was cut short in 1942 when the plane she was traveling in crashed into a mountain in Nevada.
  • Charles Coburn
    • Charles Coburn started out working in the theater in 1901 at age 14 and quickly became an accomplished stage actor. In 1918, he and his wife formed a production company called “The Coburn Players.”
    • After his wife died in 1937, he signed a movie contract at age 60.
  • Lucille Watson
    • Lucille Watson began her Broadway career in 1902. She appeared in 39 plays during her stage career.
    • Even though she was primarily a stage actress, she had 45 film roles.
      • Her most memorable role was Aunt March in Little Women (1949).
      • She played Mrs. Harriet Mason in Made For Each Other – a character that like Aunt March, starts out as being unlikable.

Supporting Cast – Some important roles were uncredited

A few of which I will draw attention to here are:

  • Esther Dal
    • played the first cook whose comical dialog gives the viewer insight into the character of Mrs. Harriet Mason
  • Louise Beavers
    • played Lilly, cook number three. I believe Lily’s encouragement of the married couple, ( Lombard and Stewart). IS what keeps the story alive.
  • Harry Davenport
    • Plays the doctor – a short but hardly unimportant asset to the
      script.

Music by – Oscar Levant (uncredited)

It’s no wonder, Oscar Levant

isn’t known as a composer. Made For Each Other is just one of many movies in which he was uncredited for his music. Anyone who has an appreciation of the golden era of Hollywood knows Oscar Levant as a great pianist – they just don’t know that he was also a very competent composer.

Today, it is almost unthinkable to not give any on-screen credits even for an obscure presence or activity of anyone involved in the making of a movie.

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8 thoughts on “Made For Each Other1939 Movie – Comedy, Drama, Romance

  1. Hey Dane, Thank you for finding and writing on Made for each other 1939 MOVIE – COMEDY, DRAMA, ROMANCE. I enjoy a lot while reading your article. I watched this movie once and it contains comedy, drama as well as romance. You reminded me again I will watch it again with my family. Thank you for writing on Made for each other.

    Parveen

  2. This is an awesome review of Made For Each Other.

    It’s a nice movie towards the middle and at the end. It had an unexpected turn for me but it was really great, a must watch. Loved it when I saw it many years ago and it is still an awesome film!

    I consider both James Stewart and Carole Lombard to be honest actors, always believing the words and events to try and make the audience feel what they are going through. This movie for me is special. It can get sticky at times, but I still feel the actors give it their all as honestly as they can. Two pros, surrounded by other pros in this Selznick production.

    Thank you for this post.

    1. You are right about Lombard and Stewart. They both excelled at their craft. This movie came from an era when some of the character actors were as famous as the lead actors.

  3. There is nothing like some old classics. I still enjoy watching many movies that were produced long ago. James Stewart was a great actor and I enjoy watching many of the movies he acted in. In fact I can’t remember if I’ve seen this one.  Thanks for the heads up I’ll add this one to my list.

    1. Some old movies were sheer entertainment. The drama in this film is terrific. Younger generations have to have a grasp of the scope of  the advances that have been made since 1939. 

  4. I would say older movies had charisma and were still unique. Now it’s become a formula to copy, but have a different take on the film. I enjoyed watching Wizards of Oz, as I’m sure many others did too. But the beautiful thing is even my kids like it. 

    They went and made OZ the Great, which gave a backstory to the evil witch, she needed to stay the way she was in the old movie. 

    1. i think you would agree with me that remakes rarely improve upon the original movies. There are rare exceptions.

      Those rare exceptions concentrate on telling the story in a slightly different manner and sometimes even giving the story a modern setting.

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