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The Wedding Night (1935)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  8 March 1935 (USA)
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Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Conneecticut. While he is finding a theme for ... See full summary »

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Tony Barrett
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Manya Novak
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Fredrik Sobieski
Helen Vinson ...
Dora Barrett
Sig Ruman ...
Mr. Jan Novak (as Siegfried Rumann)
Esther Dale ...
Mrs. Kaise Novak
Leonid Snegoff ...
Sobieski
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ...
Mrs. Sobieski (as Elinor Wesselhoeft)
Milla Davenport ...
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Agnes Anderson ...
Helena
Hilda Vaughn ...
Hezzie Jones
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Alphonse Martell ...
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Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Conneecticut. While he is finding a theme for his book on the lives and customs of the local, immigrant tobacco farmers, his wife returns to New York and, alas, his Japanese servant deserts him. He meets a neighboring farm girl, Manya Novak, and hires her to cook his meals and clean his house. They soon fall in love. But, following the customs of the old country, her father has entered a 'marriage bargain' for her to wed a man, Fredrik Sobieski, not of her choosing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TONIGHT She'd leave the man she LOVED with all her SOUL...to MARRY the man she despised! See more »

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Gary Cooper hated his co-star, Anna Sten, so much that behind her back he would refer to her as "Anna Stench." See more »

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Shall We Gather At The River
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Written by Robert Lowry
Sung a cappella by Hilda Vaughn
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Romance And Sociology
2 June 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper, in a thinly veiled characterization of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a writer living with a socialite wife in New York City and doing quite well on the party circuit. But he's lost his muse and literally has to move back to his family's ancestral home in Connecticut where the rent is free.

While there he gets involved with some Polish immigrants who have bought a lot of acreage in the Nutmeg state for tobacco growing and farmer Jean Hersholt wants some of Cooper's land. Needing the cash, Cooper agrees. He finds the people there fascinating in an sociological sort of way. And he finds Hersholt's daughter Anna Sten far more intriguing.

The Wedding Night was supposed to be the launching of a new Sam Goldwyn discovery in Anna Sten. But for some reason she didn't catch on with the public though she does give a fine performance. There's a lengthy list of speculative reasons why she never caught on, some have been mentioned by other reviewers.

However the best performance in the film is Helen Vinson as Cooper's wife. She starts off giving the impression she's a flighty airhead, but actually that's not the case. Vinson usually was playing the other woman in her film career, here she reverses type as the wronged wife. You do feel sorry for her, she's done nothing to deserve Cooper's infidelity.

For those who are curious about Anna Sten as she's become something of a symbol as to how not to showcase a talent, The Wedding Night might be worth a look.


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