Just This Once
Directed byDon Weis
Written bySidney Sheldon
Story byMax Trell
Produced byHenry Berman
StarringJanet Leigh
Peter Lawford
Lewis Stone
CinematographyRay June
Edited byFredrick Y. Smith
Music byDavid Rose
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.059,000[1]

Just This Once is a 1952 American romantic comedy film directed by Don Weis and starring Peter Lawford, Janet Leigh and Lewis Stone.

The film's sets were designed by the art director James Basevi.


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 fiancé, 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 getting a desk job where he will be in charge of Navy expenditures.



According to MGM records the film earned $707,000 in the US and Canada and $352,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $89,000.[1]

Comic book adaptation


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ "Movie Love #14". Grand Comics Database.