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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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Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild
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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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An All-Talking Dramatic Smash! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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4 May 1930 (USA)  »

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Cooking Her Goose  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Williams - Blaine's Butler: I think you ought to look her over, first, sir.
George Edward Blaine: Why? Anything queer about her?
Williams - Blaine's Butler: Well, not as you might say queer, sir.
George Edward Blaine: What is it then? Speak up.
Williams - Blaine's Butler: Well, sir, in all my 30 years of service, I've never seen a cook like her.
George Edward Blaine: Well, just what do you mean?
Williams - Blaine's Butler: Well, she has the manners of a lady. And between you and me, sir, no girl as pretty as she should be working for a young bachelor like you.
George Edward Blaine: What's the matter with me? Don't you think I can be trusted with a good looking cook?
Williams - Blaine's Butler: Oh, I didn't mean that ...
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Soundtracks

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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Oy
15 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary Astor is "The Runaway Bride" in this early talkie directed by Donald Crisp - and not very well, I might add. The young and beautiful Astor is Mary Gray, who is eloping with her fiancée (David Newell). He drives too fast, is wealthy, and doesn't want to work. Mary wants a husband who will make something of himself. For unexplained reasons, Mary doesn't seem to realize what this man is like until they elope.

Mary breaks off the engagement, and he leaves the suite they've rented to make arrangements for the wedding because he's determined to marry her. While he's gone, a robber enters her room and, unbeknownst to her, hides $80,000 worth of stolen pearls in her purse. He's killed by someone else, and then the police show up. With the help of a maid, Mary makes a run for it and winds up as a cook in the home of a wealthy bachelor (Lloyd Hughes). But the gang still wants their pearls.

Convoluted and directed in a meandering fashion, this film suffers from ETS (early talkie syndrome). The dialogue is said slowly, with pauses in between, throwing the rhythm of the film off. I just saw "Paid" from around the same time, and for some reason, that film doesn't suffer from this. But so many early talkies do, with the actors not used to speaking.

Dated, draggy, and predictable, this film is only worth seeing for Astor, who in spite of the problems, manages to do quite well. Actually the performances aren't bad. But the story! Ouch.


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