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No Marriage Ties (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 11 August 1933 (USA)
Foster is fired when he is found drunk in a bar instead of covering the biggest fight of the year. After finding that no one in town will hire him, he goes back to the bar and meets a man ... See full summary »

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Foster is fired when he is found drunk in a bar instead of covering the biggest fight of the year. After finding that no one in town will hire him, he goes back to the bar and meets a man named Perkins who owns an ad agency. Tricky phrases are no problem for Foster so the firm grows rapidly and becomes Perkins and Foster. When Foster decides to get the Adrienne Deane Cosmetics account, he also lasoo's Adrienne which upsets his steady gal friend Peggy. Trouble comes to a head when Perkins decides to leave the agency as he believes that Foster is an unscrupulous ad man who sells dangerous items for money. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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In the extant version run on TCM, there seems to be a piece missing toward the end of reel one, just after Perkins meets Foster in the speakeasy and offers him an advertising job. then the film jumps to a scene showing expansion lines, representing the Perkins agency's growing influence, emanating from Chicago on a map. What should have been seen would be something to show how Foster was causing this business surge, as well as something showing Zimmer's reason for being fired from editing a respectable big city paper to running a shabby scandal rag. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, the newspaper that Bruce Foster (Richard Dix) works for, and later fired from, is called "The Reflector." It's referred to by name in the dialogue and the masthead appears in one shot. Later in the film, however, in a scene between Foster and Zimmer (the newspaper's editor, played by David Landau), the publication is referred to as "The Chronicle." See more »

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Bruce Foster: You're young. You have your whole life ahead of you. You know where you're going. Or, maybe you're a searcher. You're pursuing a career. You're busy. You're mired in decadence and sloth, just killing time, numbing your brain.
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Bruce Foster: When are you going to marry? Start a family?
Peggy Wilson: Someday.
Bruce Foster: Someday? *Some*day? *Some*day may be too late.
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love. ethics. right and wrong. and all that.
3 July 2017 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Richard Dix is "Foster", who was supposed to be covering the Dempsey fight, but found a bar instead. Foster must start all over again, at an ad agency, at which he seems to be quite adept. He dates one of the girls at his agency, but his rule is "no ties, no strings!", thus the title "No Marriage Ties". A bit of the more modern "Madmen" cable series in here. This one has a moral to the story... the ethics of coming up with slogans which will trick the public into buying something they don't need or want. Elizabeth Allan co-stars as Peggy, the office girl, who has been okay with coasting along with no commitment. So far. Then he meets "Adrienne" (Doris Kenyon) and has to re-think his life philosophy. It's pretty good. Gets quite serious (and preachy) near the end, as the various players sort out their priorities and do the right thing. Directed by Walter Ruben, who died quite young at age 43. No cause listed in wikipedia. Ruben had started in silents and moved into talkies, as did Kenyon.


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