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The Runaway Bride (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 May 1930 (USA)
A young socialite and a rich playboy elope to Atlantic City. However, she soon realizes he's not the man she wants him to be and tries to call off the wedding. A jewelry store robbery, murder and other mayhem are soon involved.



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild
Sergeant Daly
David Newell ...
Richard 'Dick' Mercer
Clara Muldoon
Edgar Norton ...
Williams - Blaine's Butler
Barney Black


A young socialite and a rich playboy elope to Atlantic City. However, she soon realizes he's not the man she wants him to be and tries to call off the wedding. A jewelry store robbery, murder and other mayhem are soon involved.

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Release Date:

4 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cooking Her Goose  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final film directed by Donald Crisp. Although he was a prolific director of silent films, this was the only sound film that he ever directed. From this point onwards, he worked exclusively as an actor until his retirement after the filming of Spencer's Mountain (1963). See more »


When Mary (posing as Sally, the new cook) arrives at Blaine's house in the rain, her coat and hat are almost completely dry. Then, when the butler shows her in to meet Blaine, Mary's hat and coat show considerable areas of wetness. See more »


Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild: I think you'd be a lot happier if you got a job.
Richard 'Dick' Mercer: Oh, you do? Well, I don't want to be a lot happier. I'm happy enough. I suppose you'd like me to be a bond salesman, like all the rest of the tramps in our crowd? All they do is sell themselves and their relatives enough bonds to hold their jobs. And you call that being a "big businessman"!
Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild: Well, you can jeer, but I haven't got any respect for a man who doesn't work at something - even if it's only fish peddling.
Richard 'Dick' Mercer: Oh, you'd like to make a fish ...
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Lovable and Sweet
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
(originally for Street Girl (1929))
Played during opening credits by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
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About As Logically Insane As You Can Get
14 June 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Runaway Bride (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Early talkie has Mary Gray (Mary Astor) eloping with Richard Mercer (David Newell) but as the two are looking over their new apartment she realizes that she's made a horrible mistake. Richard locks her up in the apartment and leaves her when later a detective comes pounding on the door. He finally gets in and for some reason at the same time a criminal climbs into the window and kills him. Fearing what to do, Mary gives the maid some cash in exchange for an employment card where Mary goes to hide as a cook for a rich man (Lloyd Hughes) but soon gangsters come after her.

THE RUNAWAY BRIDE is a really, really awful movie that is so incredibly bad that you can't help but be caught up in how bad it is. If you're a fan of these early talkies then you already know that more times than not the director and cast members were more concerned about the voices getting recorded than anything else. That's certainly the case here because there's absolutely no style to mention and it's clear that director Donald Crisp was just filming scenes without putting too much logical sense into them.

As you can tell from my plot description, the story is about as stupid as you can get and I only revealed half of it! The first ten minutes of this movie are downright insane as one illogical thing after another happens. For starters, why does Mary lie to the detective when he comes to the door? Why does she really need to run? What did she see in this guy to begin with? Why are the gangsters so stupid? There are so many logical issues with this movie that you can't help but think they weren't working off of a screenplay and if this was from an actual screenplay, you've gotta wonder what powder was going around RKO at the time. The story is so insane that it actually keeps you glued to the screen just so you can see how much worse it gets.

Astor, as you'd expect, is good in her role but you somewhat see her struggling to make anything out of the character because she has nothing to work with. Hughes is good in his role as is Paul Hurst as the cop trying to figure everything out. Sadly, the actors just can't overcome this horrid screenplay and in the end THE RUNAWAY BRIDE really is one of the worst films from this period.

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