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Brides Are Like That (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 April 1936 (USA)
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Fred, the wealthy owner of apple groves, has sent his nephew to college, but the only job that his nephew has after graduating is the job of not working. Bill is a dreamer, a talker and a ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Hazel Robinson
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Fred Schultz
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Ella Robinson
John Robinson
Dick Purcell ...
Dr. Randolph Jenkins (as Richard Purcell)
Mary Treen ...
Joseph Crehan ...
Tom Carter
Frank Darien ...
Clem Brown
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Jones, the Jeweler
Kay Hughes ...
Mary Ann Coleridge


Fred, the wealthy owner of apple groves, has sent his nephew to college, but the only job that his nephew has after graduating is the job of not working. Bill is a dreamer, a talker and a golf player and he has a lot of ideas, but still lives off Fred. When Hazel gets engaged to Doc Jenkins, it takes a while, but Bill talks her into marrying him instead. The only problem is that now, he needs to find a job. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Comedy | Romance






Release Date:

18 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Applesauce  »

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The play "Applesauce" opened in New York on 28 September 1925. See more »


Dr. Randolph Jenkins: Everybody in town says you're full of applesauce.
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Version of Always a Bride (1940) See more »


A Good Old Fashioned Cocktail (With a Good Old Fashioned Gal)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band at the Thanksgiving ball
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Yeah... And They Aren't the Only Ones!
15 June 2010 | by (the ruins beneath the Planet of the Apes) – See all my reviews

Here's a nifty little vintage "rom-com" from Warner Brothers' B-unit. Starring the affable wiseacre Ross Alexander and lovely Anita Louise, Brides Are Like That provides a few chuckles and a more than pleasant experience.

Like so many 1930's romances, it's based on a play, and this one is from about a dozen years earlier entitled, "Applesauce," which refers to an extended metaphor used throughout. The fairly standard plot involves a love triangle between the two leads and stodgy Dick Purcell, who plays an M.D. with designs on Louise. Alexander portrays a charming loafer who'd rather golf than work, and the girl must choose between the two, with the Lockharts as her parents pushing her into marriage with Purcell.

In typical Warner Brothers style, the exceedingly clever dialog moves at a crisp, almost rapid-fire, pace which enlivens what could easily have become a set-bound and ponderous experience for the audience. The characters are all certainly quirky -- almost foreshadowing the later You Can't Take It With You.

I find Ross Alexander to be a very like-able screen presence always, and here he really demonstrates a lot of potential as a comic leading man, in the way of contemporaries like George Burns or Bob Hope. He's looks great, without being too conventionally handsome, and really seems like a guy that both men and women would respond to. And Anita Louise obviously is stunningly beautiful, without any bad angle at which to be photographed.

All told, Brides Are Like That does its source material proud, and provides slightly over an hour's worth of frivolity and amusement.

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