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The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | | Drama, Comedy | 23 July 1932 (USA)
A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.



(story "The Mud Lark"), (screen play)

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Complete credited cast:
Jim Gilson
Eddie Fields
Don Leslie
David Landau ...
Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell ...
Leila Bennett ...


Torch singer Joan Gordon, tiring of her relationship with small-time hood and racketeer Eddie Fields, flees to Montreal and becomes the mail-order bride of down-to-earth farmer Jim Gilson. Their chance for happiness is threatened by Gilson's own stubborness, a lecherous neighbor and the reappearance of Fields. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She took another woman's place on her wedding night..!


Drama | Comedy






Release Date:

23 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night Flower  »

Box Office


$202,000 (estimated)

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(TCM print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title The Purchase Price was for a different project that was announced for Barbara Stanwyck the previous year and then never made. This film began production under the title The Mud Lark. After it wrapped, it was briefly changed Night Flower before the studio settled on the actual release title. See more »


[Four ladies, including our heroine, Joan, are headed west on a train. Three of them are comparing notes on their mail-order husbands while snacking. Joan is not participating]
Queenie, Girl on Train: [Looking at a picture] Oh, yours has got bushy eyebrows; he'll tickle ya every time he kisses ya.
Woman on Train #2: [Talking with her mouth full] I don't care
Woman on Train #2: as long as he kisses me.
[the three of them laugh riotously, while Joan looks annoyed]
Queenie, Girl on Train: [Leaning forward, holding a banana up to her mouth] You know what they say about men with ...
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Take Me Away
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Peter Tinturin
Lyrics by Sidney Clare and Charles Tobias
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung by Barbara Stanwyck at the nightclub
Played as background music often
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Barbara Stanwyck good, movie not so good.
28 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'The Purchase Price' is not a classic movie, despite its heritage as a 1932 Pre-Code Warner Bros film directed by William Wellman. The story is uneven and the characters motives are mostly unbelievable. The plot is predictable. It's one saving grace is a young, 25 year old, Barbara Stanwyck as the lead. Stanwyck plays a sweet natured, would be mail order bride escaping her past life.

Barbara Stanwyck often played hard, gritty characters, such as in the 1933 Pre-Code classic 'Baby Face' or the 1944 Film-Noir classic 'Double Indemnity'. George Brent seems to grunt his way through the story with not much to say or do. No doubt, not his fault but the fault of a weak script. For fans of Pre-Code movies and Barbara Stanwyck.

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