Marriage is a Private Affair (1944)

Marriage is a Private Affair poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Lana Turner, John Hodiak
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Theo (Lana Turner) has her choice of men who want to marry her, but she questions her decision when she settles down with Tom West (John Hodiak).

Kitty Cameo: Early in the film Theo and Tom go to his childhood home in Vermont. As they are looking through one of his old photo albums one night Theo looks up and spots a tabby cat outside the window.

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke outside window

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke meowing outside window

Tom explains the cat’s name is Duke and gets up to let him in.

Marriage is a Private Affair - Tom John Hodial letting tabby cat Duke in through window window

Marriage is a Private Affair - Tom John Hodial petting tabby cat Duke coming in through window window

Marriage is a Private Affair - Tom John Hodial petting tabby cat Duke on window seat

Marriage is a Private Affair - Tom John Hodial beside tabby cat Duke on window seat

Duke enters and walks to Theo, who is lying on the floor. Theo pets the cat, who then moves on.

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke approaching Theo Lana Turner on floor

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke being petted by Theo Lana Turner on floor

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke being petted by Theo Lana Turner on floor animated gif

A short time later Duke meows from the window seat, wanting to be let back out.

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke looking at window from bench

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke by window on bench

As Theo lets Duke out, she points out how cats also can also change their minds, comparing it to her own worry about indecision.

Marriage is a Private Affair - tabby cat Duke being let out window by Theo Lana Turner

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t indecisive; they just like to keep us on our toes.


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