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The Purchase Price (1932)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  23 July 1932 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Joan Gordon
George Brent ...
Jim Gilson
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Eddie Fields
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Don Leslie
David Landau ...
Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell ...
Forgan
Leila Bennett ...
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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..!

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23 July 1932 (USA)  »

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Einsame Herzen  »

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The blood during the fight between the two male leads was real. See more »

Quotes

Eddie 'Ed' Fields: Say, when a guy like him marries a doll like you, I'll kiss your... foot... in Macy's window at high noon.
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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

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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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standard, with some nice touches
22 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Purchase Price is an entertaining , if hit-and-miss, potboiler directed by the always reliable William Wellman. It starts off deliciously with Barbara Stanwyck crooning torch songs (using her own voice), in a New York nightclub. When she is dumped by her Social Register fiancé (Hardie Albright) because of her underworld connections, she in turn dumps her own gangster boyfriend (Lyle Talbot in one of his better efforts), flees to Montreal where she attempts to start a new life under an assumed name, is almost tracked down by Talbot but escapes by switching identities with her hotel maid who has just negotiated a deal to be a mail order bride for a struggling wheat farmer (George Brent!) in North Dakota! At this point we are whisked to a dusty farmhouse in the Great Plains where Stanwyck resists the marital ardor of Brent while milking cows, cleaning house, and tending to needy neighbors in a most unconvincing and sudden transformation from pampered chantoozie to faux-earthy farm wife. The below-zero Dakota winters are poorly recreated but a certain crude and rowdy atmosphere is achieved by Wellman and his technical team.


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