Let’s Do it Again (1953): Technicolor Musical Comedy, Starring Jane Wyman and Ray Milland

Alexander Hall directed Let’s Do it Again, Technicolor musical comedy set in 1950 New York, starring Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Aldo Ray, and Tom Helmore.

Let’s Do it Again
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Theatrical release poster

It is the story of a composer’s wife who tries to make him jealous, but the ploy backfires and leads to divorce.

This film is a reworking of a stage play by Arthur Richman, The Awful Truth (1922), which was previously filmed under the title in 1925, 1929, and 1937. The last version, the best, featured Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, catapulted the latter to major stardom.

The lyrics for the musical numbers were written by Ned Washington.

Actress Connie Stuart (Wyman, miscast) tells her husband, composer Gary Stuart, that she spent an evening in a country inn with rival composer Courtney Craig. He accuses her of infidelity. She, in turn, accuses him of adultery with dancer Lilly Adair, and they decide to divorce.

The couple waits out the 60-day period for the divorce decree to be final. One day, Gary goes to Connie’s apartment to speak to her about retrieving his piano, and discovers she has agreed to appear in Courtney’s new play.

Her performance draws the attention of uranium mining millionaire Frank McGraw, and they begin dating. Gary, jealous of Courtney but unwilling to admit he still loves Connie, bribes his piano movers to take their time so that he can visit her.


Directed by Alexander Hall
Produced by Oscar Saul
Written by Mary Loos and Richard Sale, based on The Awful Truth 1922 play by Arthur Richman
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr.
Edited by Charles Nelson

Production and distribution: Columbia Pictures

Release date: July 17, 1953

Running time: 95 minutes
Box office $1.25 million