James Stewart and Carole Lombard are a fascinating and compelling pair, enjoyable to watch in the 1939 romantic comedy-drama, “Made for Each Other,” produced by David O. Selznick, the renown creator of “Gone With the Wind.”
James Stewart stars as John Horace Mason, an ambitious and on-the-rise lawyer who meets and marries a young woman, Jane (played by Carole Lombard), after knowing her for just one day, while on a business trip. After their whirlwind romance, the newlyweds are challenged with the daily problems presented by an extremely protective and critical mother-in-law, home management issues, financial worries, no seeming future at John Mason’s law firm, and finally, an unexpected emergency that crops up when the couple least expects it.
“Made for Each Other” poignantly dramatizes many of the doubts, fears, and struggles that young married couples often face and must overcome. It does not matter that the story takes place in New York city in 1939—the dialogue is fresh, and the modern viewer can easily identify with the situations and the emotions realistically portrayed by James Stewart and Carole Lombard as husband and wife. The two of them also displayed their ability not only to act in a comedy, but a serious drama as well. “Made for Each Other” made the New York Times Top Ten List in 1939.
If you have a chance to watch this film, you’ll be reminded once again of the unfading promise and joyous triumph of true love. Classic movie lovers and serious James Stewart/Carole Lombard fans, you won’t want to miss “Made for Each Other.”
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Made for Each Other: Romantic comedy/Drama. Not rated. Selznick International Pictures B&W (1939). 90 minutes. Directed by John Cromwell. Appropriate for family viewing. Check your favorite local and online movie rental stores or the public library for availability.
Portland residents can borrow “Made for Each Other” (1939) in streaming video format, at the Multnomah County Library, tel. 503-988-5234. “Made for Each Other” (1939) in DVD format can be rented at Movie Madness, 4320 SE Belmont, Portland, Oregon, 97215, tel. 503-234-4363.
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