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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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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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A Minha Ex-Mulher e Eu  »

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$369,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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This film did very well at the box office earning RKO a profit of $350,000 ($6M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Dr. Lawrence Bradford: Did you realize for the last three months we were married you kept me so busy running down clues that I spent more time at the morgue than I did at my office? And they weren't my patients, either! Ha ha! Beat you to that one, didn't I?
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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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Jean, it's great to see you again!
16 January 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Jean Arthur was a fixture of local TV when old movies were the cheapest thing to show. And she was one of its greatest treasures.

We don't see her so much lately. Therefore, it's a delight to catch "The Ex-Mrs. Bradford." Not that it's a great movie. It's a decent movie. It's very much in the mold of romantic thrillers of its time. The presence of William Powell as Arthur's ex recalls the Thin Man series. This isn't quite up to those.

But Jean look gorgeous. If Harry Cohn indeed said she was "half-angel, half-horse," we see only the angel here. Interestingly, this is an RKO release.

The race track theme is somewhat entertaining. It's also standard for this type of movie at this time.

Eric Blore serves an important purpose: He establishes the Bradfords as wealthy people who might have a butler. Otherwise, Glenda Farrell or any number of B- plays could have been plugged into the Arthur role and it'd have been essentially the same old mildly entertaining semi-mystery. Arthur and Powell, though, elevate it. It's a somewhat more than mildly entertaining semi-mystery.


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