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Double Harness (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 July 1933 (USA)
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A woman (Harding) tricks a playboy (Powell) into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ...
Joan Colby
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John Fletcher
Lucile Browne ...
Valerie Colby
Henry Stephenson ...
Col. Sam Colby
Lilian Bond ...
Monica Page
George Meeker ...
Dennis Moore
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Freeman
Kay Hammond ...
Eleanor Weston
Leigh Allen ...
Leonard Weston
Hugh Huntley ...
Farley Drake
Wallis Clark ...
Postmaster-General Oliver Lane
Fred Santley ...
Bruno - the Couturiere (as Fredric Santley)
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A woman (Harding) tricks a playboy (Powell) into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

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Plot Keywords:

love | playboy | theater | snitch | ship | See more »

Taglines:

Men who believe in love without marriage - Women who believe in marriage without love - LIFE WON'T LET YOU GET AWAY WITH IT! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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21 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A doppia briglia  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film hadn't been shown for decades and was found in a Merian C. Cooper collection that had been used for television. A 2-1/2-minute sequence that had been cut from the print was located in a French negative discovered in the National Center for Cinematography in France and restored to the print. The brief segment had been cut for television because it indicated that the characters of "Joan Colby" and "John Fletcher" were having pre-marital sex. See more »

Quotes

Valerie Colby: But how can you even think of marrying him if you don't love him?
Joan Colby: Love? Marriage has nothing to do with love. Marriage is a business - at least, it's a woman's business. And love is an emotion. A man doesn't let emotion interfere with *his* business, and if more women would learn not to let emotion interfere with *theirs*, fewer of them would end up in the divorce court.
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Soundtracks

The King Kong March
by Max Steiner
Played as Ann Harding and William Powell are leaving the theatre.
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This delightful and oh-so-sophisticated combination comedy/drama was my personal favorite at Cinefest, 2004.
31 March 2004 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

This delightful and oh-so-sophisticated combination comedy/drama was my personal favorite at Cinefest. With clever dialogue, fetching lead actors and delicious directing, I was hooked at the onset. Beautiful Ann Harding is seen cooking and explaining to her engaged sister (Lucile Brown) that to men, business is business but that marriage is the business of women. Harding sets her sights on William Powell, a super smooth playboy who inherited a struggling shipping line. She sets a trap arranging for her sister to send their father (stern Henry Stephenson) to Powell's apartment for the purpose of catching Harding and Powell alone. To save face, Powell agrees to marry Harding, at least for a while. On the honeymoon, Powell suggests a divorce, while Harding coolly recommends they wait six months so as not to seem too obvious. She then starts steering him to leading his company back to profitability by looking at it as a challenge. With his talents now attending to business and not bedroom conquests, Powell starts to enjoy his newfound success and begins to fall in love with his bride. In the meantime Harding's jealous sister, now unhappily married, has been living beyond her means and needs money fast. She blurts out the truth of the marriage trap when Harding refuses to again pay off her debts. Powell leaves, disillusioned. Harding's father has arranged for a huge business deal to be offered to Powell at a formal dinner party at their home that very night. As Powell is boarding a ship to Europe, his frazzled wife is at home greeting guests and trying to maintain composure. One by one, each guest is involved in a personal crisis and is pulled away from the dinner party from hell, presided over by blustery Reginald Owen as the butler. I can't go on with out spoiling the best joke. This forgotten film is four stars all the way. I saw this film in March of 2004 at the CINEFEST film festival in Syracuse, NY. Thank god for film festivals like this one that make rare films like this available and the folks who provide comments to IMDB for others to share. Please support the IMDB and early film festivals!


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