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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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4 May 1930 (USA)  »

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Cooking Her Goose  »

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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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How to Marry Mary Astor
8 May 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Wealthy young Mary Astor (as Mary Gray) and tall playboy David Newell (as Richard "Dick" Mercer, Jr.) leave New York for Atlantic City, intending to elope. But, when Mr. Newell says he'd rather travel than work, Ms. Astor gets cold feet. Newell locks her in their hotel room, hoping a scandal about the couple running off and not marrying will make Astor change her mind. But, Astor prefers likewise attractive Lloyd Hughes (as George Edward Blaine), who is not only more responsible, but also rich.

While Astor is locked in her hotel room, a jewel thief enters through the window and secretly stashes some pearls in her handbag. The thief dies in a shoot-out, while Astor screams. Then, lead thug Francis McDonald (as Barney Black) arrives, looking for the jewels, which are secretly stolen by moll and maid Natalie Moorhead (as Clara Muldoon). Local lawman Paul Hurst (as Daly) investigates. Astor is wanted by the police, then kidnapped and molested by thugs. Mr. Hughes must save her in time…

This thick-plotted "talkie" was directed by actor Donald Crisp, who did some impressive work with D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Buster Keaton. Though a success directing silent films, Mr. Crisp decided to concentrate solely on acting, after turning in one all-talking film. This turned out remarkably well, in the long run. "The Runaway Bride" does have some good locations, featuring 1920s automobiles - those old tires wore out quickly. Astor has a fun rapport with Hughes and Newell.

***** The Runaway Bride (5/4/30) Donald Crisp ~ Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes, David Newell, Paul Hurst

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