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The Runaway Bride (1930)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  4 May 1930 (USA)
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Mary Fairchild elopes with Dick Mercer and it doesn't take long for Mary to realize she has made a mistake. Her wealthy husband, of short duration, locks her in their apartment to keep her ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild
Lloyd Hughes ...
George Edward Blaine
Paul Hurst ...
Sergeant Daly
David Newell ...
Richard 'Dick' Mercer
Natalie Moorhead ...
Clara Muldoon
Edgar Norton ...
Williams - Blaine's Butler
Francis McDonald ...
Barney Black


Mary Fairchild elopes with Dick Mercer and it doesn't take long for Mary to realize she has made a mistake. Her wealthy husband, of short duration, locks her in their apartment to keep her from running away, but a group of gangsters, searching for money manage to enter. She escapes, changes her name and goes to work as a maid for George Blaine, who is also wealthy and single. But the gangsters, thinking she knows where the money is, are on her trail, and a couple of them appear in the mood to frisk her again. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

4 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cooking Her Goose  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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George Edward Blaine: [Reading Mary's monogram] M.G... M for Sally, G for Fairchild.
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Loveable And Sweet
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare
(originally for Street Girl (1929))
Played over titles by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
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The Bride Should'a Kept Runnin'!!
8 July 2002 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

I didn't see this film from the beginning. If you miss the first few minutes of most films of this vintage, you're lost from then on. This film is worth watching, not because it is a good film or has a good cast. The only one worth seeing here is Mary Astor, and she's a far cry from her Brigid O'Shaugnessey days still to come. This film is worth watching from a filmmakers' vantage point. The plots and characters are virtually negligible. However, Leo Tover's expressionistic photography and angles are exceptional for the period. There are lots of dark images a la Welles ( though still a few years prior to his appearance). The images are silhouetted in this pre-Citizen Kane vehicle, and there is even an early attempt at 'deep focus', which was said to be fathered by Toland, but Tover stops just short of deep focus 1930 in several scenes. The situations are somewhat steamy...there's one scene where the villains are looking for loot that's worth $80,000. Astor has to stand for an off screen frisk at the hands of these desperate men, and the result also suggests that the frisk is full of sex, with the moans and groans and Astor's pleadings off screen suggesting that which cannot be judged otherwise. Not a thrilling movie, nor necessarily a great watch. But viewing can give you insights into where movies were headed as of 1930. Artistically, not a great watch; technologically a worthwhile and informative watch.

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