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Young Bride (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 8 April 1932 (USA)
A shy and naive New York children's librarian must become stronger and wiser after she discovers that her new husband is a liar, a cheat, and a fraud.


(as William Seiter)


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Complete credited cast:
Allie Smith Riggs
Charlie Riggs
Roscoe Ates ...
Mike, the Pool Room Bartender
Polly Walters ...
Blanche Friderici ...
Miss Margaret Gordon, the Librarian (as Blanche Frederici)
Allen Fox ...
The Doctor
Walter Percival ...
Master of Ceremonies at Dance Palace
Phyllis Crane ...
The Taxi Dancer
Edmund Breese ...
Mr. C. B. Chadwick, the Broker
Harry Stubbs ...
Mr. Perlman, the Promoter (as Harry O. Stubbs)


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Release Date:

8 April 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Starved  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 12 November 1929 and had 31 performances. See more »


Charlie Riggs: I ain't had a break since I married you. Everything I tackle seems to go floppo!
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Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »


St. Louis Blues
Music and Lyrics by W.C. Handy
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19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a moving narrative, sensitively directed by William A. Seiter, about a naive librarian (Helen Twelvetrees) who is swept off her feet and into marriage by a handsome but aggressive, egotistical suitor (Eric Linden) only to find he is all strut and no substance. This early effort by producer David O. Selznick boasts: a) persuasive performances by the five main characters (Arline Judge as a treacherous dance hall tart, Cliff Edwards ["Well, peel my potatoes!" "Well, spank me naked!"] as a good-time Charley and Blanche Frederici as the librarian's spinsterish friend and co-worker give excellent support); b - realistic renderings of a public library, a depressing room in a boarding house, and especially a funky dance hall above a Chop Suey joint where young couples crowd the floor shimmying, fox-trotting or waltzing to the popular songs of the day played to perfection by a small orchestra; (c) entertainingly slangy dialogue and pre-Code sexual frankness. This is one of the few films of its era that speaks directly and unsentimentally across the decades about issues faced by any young couple of modest means struggling to pay the bills while maintaining a loving, trusting relationship. All newlyweds should see this! Others have detailed the plot, but I shall say only that Linden and Twelvetrees were two of the best young performers of their time. Their careers flared brilliantly for about three years, then faded into oblivion. Here, they will both make you cry.

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