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Just This Once (film)

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Director  Don Weis
Music director  David Rose
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Running time  1h 30m
Screenplay  Sidney Sheldon
Language  English
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Release date  1952
Writer  Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Max Trell (story)
Cast  Janet Leigh (Lucy Duncan), Peter Lawford (Mark MacLene IV), Lewis Stone (Judge Samuel Coulter), Marilyn Erskine (Gertrude Crome), Richard Anderson (Tom Winters), Douglas Fowley (Frank Pirosh)
Similar movies  The Ascent of Money, Inside Job, Let's Make Money, In Debt We Trust, Capitalism: A Love Story, The Forecaster
Tagline  M-G-M's screamingly funny romance!

Just This Once is a 1952 romantic comedy film with Peter Lawford and Janet Leigh.


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Mark MacLene IV is a millionaire playboy. He is totally irresponsible with his money, piling up $5 million in debts. Judge Coulter, executor of his estate, puts Mark's finances in the hands of a penny-pinching lawyer, Lucy Duncan.

Mark is aghast when Lucy puts him on a $50-a-week allowance. He still extravagantly tips a busboy $10 after a 50-cent lunch or charters a plane to fly off to Paris without a thought as to his financial situation. Lucy shuts off his access to funds, causing an angry Mark to barge into her personal life, moving into her apartment and upsetting her routine. She wants to quit, but Coulter doubles her pay.

Lucy has a fiance, Tom Winters, who has held off on proposing marriage until he can afford it. Mark owns a construction company where Tom works, so secretly he plots to get Tom a huge raise. Lucy sees through the ruse. But when she learns Mark also has offered his yacht for their honeymoon, she begins to see a different side to him.

Now in love, Mark and Lucy must hold off making plans for the future because the Naval Reserve has called him to active duty. Lucy fears for his safety, but Mark says he's going to Washington, D.C., and a desk job, in charge of Navy expenditures.


  • Peter Lawford as Mark MacLene
  • Janet Leigh as Lucille Duncan
  • Lewis Stone as Judge Coulter
  • Richard Anderson as Tom Winters
  • Reception

    According to MGM records the film earned $707,000 in the US and Canada and $352,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $89,000.

    Comic book adaptation

  • Eastern Color Movie Love #14 (April 1952)
  • References

    Just This Once (film) Wikipedia
    Just This Once (film) IMDb Just This Once (film)