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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.

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Jim Gilson
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Eddie Fields
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Don Leslie
David Landau ...
Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell ...
Forgan
Leila Bennett ...
Emily
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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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Drama | Comedy

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23 July 1932 (USA)  »

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Night Flower  »

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$202,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Joan Gordon, aka Francine La Rue: Have you ever heard a woman scream?
Jim Gilson: No.
Joan Gordon, aka Francine La Rue: Well, you're going to.
Jim Gilson: Huh?
Joan Gordon, aka Francine La Rue: 'Cause I've been dying to do it for months. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
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The Irish Washerwoman
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Traditional Irish Jig
Played as dance music by the band at the wedding party
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Stanwyck's in It, So You Know It's at Least Worth Watching
17 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The appeal of this somewhat run-of-the-mill film is Barbara Stanwyck in an early display of her mega-watt star power and her ability to turn mediocre material into something special.

Her character doesn't make much sense: a nightclub singer from the city who wants to get away from the bootlegger boyfriend hounding her and so agrees to an arranged marriage with a farmer up in the wilds of North Dakota! The bootlegger (played by Lyle Talbot) isn't threatening or abusive, so one wonders why Stanwyck needs to go to such great lengths to avoid him -- keep wondering, because the movie never explains it. But if you can swallow that, then you can easily swallow the fact that this urban good-time gal seems to know all about how to run a farm.

Which brings me back to Stanwyck. The movie's premise isn't remotely plausible, but Stanwyck somehow makes it so through the confidence of her performance. I really think she could make anything worth sitting through just for the pleasure of watching her.

The film does provide an interesting look at what farm life in the early days of the 1930s was like, a lifestyle I've only seen recreated in more modern-day movies.

Grade: B-


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