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directed by Irving Pichel
USA 19

An American girl married to a German finds him turning slowly to Nazism, and as a result attempts to escape with their son back to America.


This cautionary pre-World War II drama stars Joan Bennett as an American girl who falls in love and marries a German (Francis Lederer) in 1938. At first he seems charming, but Joan discovers that her husband is slowly being seduced by the Nazi Party. Determined to leave, Bennett is forced to battle Lederer for custody of their child, whom the husband plans to raise as a budding Fascist. The Nazi is foiled by his father (Otto Kruger), who crushes Lederer's "iron will" by informing his son that his own mother was Jewish. At 77 minutes, The Man I Married cuts out all slack, and the result is a taut, exciting melodrama.

Excerpt of review from MRQE located HERE


Theatrical Release: August 9th, 1940

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Runtime 1:16:42

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: July, 2010
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The Man I Married is an interesting film - not simply anti-Nazi vehicle for pro-war efforts. There is some genuine suspense and Bennett is quite good.

Unfortunately, the print is in rough shape compounded by chroma (see last two screen captures) produced by the weak single-layered but progressive transfer which in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. This is labeled under the Fox's "Cinema Archive" series. There is damage and artifacts but some grain shows through. It is watchable - but at the marginal end of that.

The mono sound is audible but unremarkable and there are no subtitles, nor extras offered.

I think that with the price only a few would appreciate this as a purchase. The film is surprisingly good, but probably not enough to forgive the transfer and source limitations.  

  - Gary Tooze



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