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The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 13 May 1936 (USA)
Screwball comedy has wealthy mystery writer Paula Bradford using her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

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Paula Bradford
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Inspector Corrigan
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Stokes, Bradford's Butler
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Miss Prentiss, Bradford's Receptionist
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John Summers, Luxury's Owner
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Mrs. Summers
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Leroy Hutchins, Warcloud's Owner
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Mrs. Hutchins
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Storyline

Relations between Dr. 'Brad' Bradford and ex-wife Paula are surprisingly romantic. They divorced because Brad hated being dragged into murder mysteries, to which mystery writer Paula is addicted. But through horse trainer Mike North, Brad is embroiled in the case of a jockey who died of "heart failure" during a race. As they pursue clues, Paula pursues Brad for remarriage, and assorted hoods pursue the Bradfords. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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$369,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Paula refers to Brad as "Lochinvar back from the wars". 'Lochinvar' is the title of a romantic poem by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1808. See more »

Goofs

The bite of a black widow spider is painful but rarely fatal. See more »

Quotes

Paula Bradford: [as Stokes opens the apartment door] Hello, Stokes.
Stokes, Bradford's Butler: [Dourly] Mr. Bradford is not in.
Paula Bradford: [Paula can see him] Oh, so I see.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Roy Webb
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Topnotch entertainment in an outlandish murder mystery.
27 January 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

The comic banter between William Powell and Jean Arthur is the highlight of this murder mystery, which has one of the most bizarre and unlikely plots ever. Powell is probably the most suave detective of the 30's, and Arthur has a unique voice which often sounds like a succession of tiny tinkly bells. They are extremely fun to watch, so take the brashness of the plot with a grain of salt and just enjoy seeing it unfold. Eric Blore also has some comic turns as Powell's butler.

Powell's contract with MGM included a clause which allowed him to reject being loaned out to another studio, but he wanted to work again with Arthur and he liked the script, so he eagerly accepted the assignment. They had worked together in two 1929 Paramount films, The Canary Murder Case and The Greene Murder Case, both in the Philo Vance series.


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