Love Nest (1951) from Tuna

Love Nest (1951) is a chapter from the early 50s version of the battle of the sexes.

A GI returns from WW II to find that his wife has used their life savings to purchase an apartment building. Her idea was that it would not only give them a place to live, but also enough income that he could stay home and write. The film is about their relationships with the tenants, and their effort to make a go of the run-down apartment.

The main sub-plot involves an older gentleman, who has made a career of seducing older women, then taking them for large sums of money. He is currently involved with the young couple's favorite tenant. The wife spots the old fella at dinner with another woman, and thereafter wants to meddle in his affair with the tenant.


None. Marilyn Monroe is seen in a bathing suit sunbathing, a slip, and a towel.

DVD info from Amazon

  • bare-bones, no widescreen

Some comic tension is provided when the husband is expecting a visit from one of his old Army buddies named Bobby, and his wife (June Haver) isn't amused when she sees that "Bobby" seems to look exactly like Marilyn Monroe! 1951 was a point in Marilyn Monroe's career at which she had earned small speaking parts, but was not yet even a minor star, a status she would achieve about a year later

This, like many films of the era, is light and brisk, with a tight script, decent dialogue, interesting characters, and no big surprises. I enjoyed this bit of nostalgia.

The Critics Vote ...

  • TV Guide rates it 2/5

The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C.

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