An early Tony Curtis vehicle, No Room for the Groom is a moderately enjoyable little pseudo-sex comedy, one in which the titillation is provided not by attempts at pre- or extra-marital sex but by a married couple whose consummation of their marriage keeps getting interrupted. Groom also goes a bit deeper than that, thankfully, exploring how the couple's very marriage is being interfered with by a domineering mother. It's a perfectly fine set-up, but not one that is handled with a great deal of originality or imagination. Screenwriter Joseph Hoffman is content to peddle a few well-worn situations, prettied up with a few neat dialogue exchanges here and there, but overall lacking in consistent wit. Douglas Sirk, whose work in melodramas is legendary, is less comfortable with the broad comedy that Groom requires; his work is acceptable, but rather on the perfunctory side. Fortunately, Groom has a very appealing cast, with Curtis young and engaging and Piper Laurie young and delicious. Spring Byington does wonders with the overbearing mother, and Don DeFore is fine as the would-be suitor. Groom is ultimately just a piece of silly, but the actors make it a pleasant little affair.
by Craig Butler review