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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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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ...
Joan Colby
John Fletcher
Lucile Browne ...
Valerie Colby
Henry Stephenson ...
Col. Sam Colby
Lilian Bond ...
Monica Page
George Meeker ...
Dennis Moore
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)


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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Release Date:

21 July 1933 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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Aloha Oe
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Played by a band at the pier
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Not perfect, but a very interesting drama
5 April 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the "lost but found" films shown on TCM on 4/4/07. Apparently this and two other films shown that night were held out of public release due to litigation concerning royalties and now the powers that be at Turner Classic Movies have taken care of the licensing issues. Of the three films shown that night, none of them were great treasures but all three were excellent--very solid examples of the type of films RKO made during the era. Normally, when you think of RKO in 1933, you think KING KONG or Astaire and Rogers as a team, but there were other good films that might rank just below them in quality and entertainment.

One of the big reasons I saw this film (aside from the fact that I am a major old movie junkie) is that it featured William Powell--one of my favorite old movie stars. While this WAS one of his movies, he was not exactly the same type of funny and sophisticated guy he later played in the Thin Man films or in LIBELED LADY. Instead, he was a rich playboy who was a little less likable, though he was honest enough to tell his girlfriend (plaed by Ann Harding) that he wanted to be a playboy and didn't want deep commitment. Ms. Harding, though a nice person, was determined to marry him so she concocts a plan to trick him into feeling he must marry her. She is successful, though afterwards her victory seems very hollow. How all this is deftly resolved is pretty clever and interesting and makes this film well worth seeing.

The acting and writing are excellent despite this being a less than big budget sort of production. It's a good example of a "Pre-Code" film as topics such as adultery and premarital sex are actually discussed--something that would probably NOT been allowed after the new and strict Production Code was enacted in 1934-35. While the topics were NOT dealt with in a salacious manner, the adult aspects of this film make it pretty timeless and topical today.

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