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The Marvelous Marriage was a play written by Count Olaf under the alias Al Funcoot. In it, Olaf's character is a "very handsome man" who marries Violet Baudelaire's character at the end. Justice Strauss played the "walk-on role" of judge adjudicating the marriage. It was not a very entertaining play, as it was really just a plot for Olaf to legally marry Violet, and become eligible for a claim to the Baudelaire fortune. Snicket himself states that the play is insipid and does not even bother telling the details of it. In an attempt to guarantee the plot's success, Olaf blackmailed Violet and Klaus by hanging Sunny in a birdcage from his tower, promising her death if the two did not comply. Violet was able to foil Olaf's scheme by signing the marriage document with her left hand despite being right-handed, resulting in the document not being legally binding.
- Count Olaf - Groom
- Violet Baudelaire - Bride
- Justice Strauss - Judge
- Klaus Baudelaire - Guest
Behind the scenes
In the movie, the play was originally titled The Marvelous Carriage, and the plot involved the real deaths of the Baudelaire children. After finding out from Mr. Poe that the children's death would not deem him eligible for a claim to the Baudelaire Fortune, he renamed and completely rewrote the play. The plot of the new play, The Marvelous Marriage, told the story of two Counts fighting for a girl they both loved. Promotional materials for the original play featured a painted red M covering the C of "Carriage" in the original title.
The marriage between Count Olaf and Violet was prevented by Klaus, who slipped away and used the eye magnifying glass in Olaf's tower to focus light onto the marriage certificate, causing it to catch fire.
The play was deemed moving by a judgemental critic and the impatient detective.