Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street
When: February 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Stephen Reginald
The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) features Thelma Ritter in a rare starring role as marriage broker, Mae Swasey. Her office is located in New York City’s iconic Flatiron Building where she helps her shy and awkward clients find love and companionship. When she picks up the purse of model Kitty Bennett (Jeanne Crain) by accident, she decides to secretly become her marriage broker. You see, the model found out that the man she’s been dating is married, and Mae sees no future in that relationship. Without her knowledge Mae arranges for Kitty to meet Matt Hornbeck (Scott Brady), a young radiographer. Will Mae’s matchmaking be successful? And what about Mae? Will she find a love of her own?
|Jeanne Crain and Thelma Ritter|
This underrated classic has a script by Charles Brackett (Sunset Boulevard - 1950, The Lost Weekend - 1945), cinematography by Milton Kranser (The Egg and I – 1947, All About Eve – 1950, Three Coins in the Fountain – 1954, An Affair to Remember – 1957), and direction by the legendary George Cukor (My Fair Lady - 1964).
The film also boasts a first-rate supporting cast, featuring Zero Mostel and Nancy Kulp in their first movie roles. But first and foremost, The Model and the Marriage Broker has the incomparable Ritter in one of the best roles of her career.
This film is part of the Classic Movie Man’s favorites series.
Stephen Reginald is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked at various positions within the publishing industry for over 25 years. Most recently he was executive editor for McGraw-Hill’s The Learning Group Division. A long-time amateur student of film, Reginald hosts “Chicago Film Club,” a monthly movie event held in the South Loop, for the past two years. Reginald has also taught several adult education film classes at Facets Film School, Chicago.