Tell It to the Judge (1949)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 18, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

A featherweight little marital comedy, Tell It to the Judge is the kind of film that makes many modern viewers, especially women, cringe, even if they enjoy much of the picture. The cringe factor is due to Judge's attitude toward career women, an attitude that was all too commonplace in films of this type from this era. Despite the fact that Rosalind Russell's character is a very successful lawyer, the film insists that she essentially say that being fulfilled in her business life means nothing if her personal life doesn't include a man. Those willing to overlook this attitude will find Judge an engaging little movie; not great, but entertaining, with a script that may have predictable situations but which also has a number of funny lines and sequences and which is directed breezily by Norman Foster. It's the cast, though, that really makes all the difference. While Russell is not in her very best form - one gets the feeling she was tired of playing this kind of role - she's still appealing and much more than capable. She's no match, however, for Robert Cummings, who pours on both the charm and the light comedy charm. There's also good support from Gig Young and Marie McDonald.