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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)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barton .... assistant director (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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Early dissolute character for March, 19 April 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Fredric March and Sylvia Sidney star in Merrily We Go To Hell, the story of a nice rich girl who falls in love with an alcoholic newspaperman who has ambitions for greater things to turn his writing talents to. The title comes from a favorite drinking toast of March's.

Occasionally Fredric March turned in some fine performances of some dissolute characters. Later on he would get Oscar nominations for A Star Is Born and Death Of A Salesman and his part in this film can be seen as a harbinger of things to come.

For once Sylvia Sidney was not a child of the slums, she's a rich girl here who falls for March who keeps falling off the wagon. When he gets his play finally produced slinky actress Adrienne Allen comes between Sylvia and Fred. Incidentally playing a small role as Allen's lead in the play is Cary Grant.

The story verges into the melodramatic, but Dorothy Arzner gets some good performances from her stars and their support. Pay note to March's reporter sidekick Skeets Gallagher who has some interesting observations.

Fans of the stars should be pleased.

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