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The Mating of Millie(1948)

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teaser The Mating of Millie (1948)

Glenn Ford spent the '40s alternating between dark and light -- playing tormented noir anti-heroes, like Johnny Farrell against Rita Hayworth's Gilda (1946), or light comedic foils, like in this comedy about a single gal Millie McGonigle (Evelyn Keyes) who wants to adopt a child in need -- only to find out that unmarried women cannot adopt children. She enlists the help of lifelong bachelor pal Doug Andrews (Ford), who refuses to marry her but will help her find a suitable husband so the adoption can go through. Ford's typically understated acting style might have been further dampened by his lack of desire to make this movie -- he'd told Harry Cohn he'd rather take a suspension than sign on, but Cohn gently reminded him of his mortgage payments. Even Keyes (who liked Ford, and had worked with him four times before on pictures like The Lady in Question (1940)) remembered him being even more standoffish than usual off-camera. No matter - when the cameras rolled, Ford and Keyes brought their chemistry together for a comedy that's interesting to modern audiences for the time capsule of attitudes it presents about who's fit to be a parent.

By Violet LeVoit

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