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10 June 1932 (USA) See more »
In her innocence she expected days and nights of tender love. What she got was a Bitter Shock!
A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sylvia Sidney ... Joan Prentice

Fredric March ... Jerry Corbett
Adrianne Allen ... Claire Hempstead

Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Buck (as Skeets Gallagher)

George Irving ... Mr. Prentice
Esther Howard ... Vi
Florence Britton ... Charlcie
Charles Coleman ... Richard Damery

Cary Grant ... Charlie Baxter / 'DeBrion' in play

Kent Taylor ... Gregory 'Greg' Boleslavsky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrienne Ames ... Minor Role (unconfirmed)
Ernie Adams ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... June (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Prentice's Butler (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Fred - Bartender (uncredited)
Milla Davenport ... Prentice's Housekeeper (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Minister (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Friend (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Baritone Bartender (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Powder Room Attendant (uncredited)
LeRoy Mason ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Jake Symonds (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Wedding Usher (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Wedding Spectator (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Friend (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Gordon Westcott ... Party Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Dorothy Arzner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cleo Lucas  novel "I Jerry Take Thee, Joan"
Edwin Justus Mayer 

Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel 
Film Editing by
Jane Loring (uncredited)
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting assistant (uncredited)

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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Alcohol-Soaked Pre-Code Film Is a Very Good One, 12 August 2014
Author: evanston_dad from United States

A wonderful and unsettling pre-Code film about an alcoholic playboy (Fredric March) who marries a sweet young thing (Sylvia Sidney) and proceeds to drag her down his path of dissolution. The depiction of their marriage is quite shocking, even by today's standards -- not only do they have an "open" marriage, they openly practice that freedom in front of their friends, suggesting a swinging lifestyle that wouldn't become approachable as subject matter in films for another 30+ years. March and Sidney give fantastic performances, and Dorothy Arzner, one of the rare women directors of the time, takes a matter of fact approach that leaves behind the melodrama and sentimentality that might have blunted this same story's impact in the hands of someone else.

One of the most refreshing aspects of "Merrily We Go to Hell," and one of the most shocking, is that Sidney's character does not suffer nobly while we wait for March to see the error of his ways and come back to her a chastened man. Instead, Sidney starts to behave just like him, coming within a stone's throw of alcoholism herself, and doing her own share of philandering. In that way, the film is even a little progressive in its equal treatment of the genders, even if that equality is the equality of debauchery.

Grade: A

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