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His Brother's Wife (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1936 (USA)
Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by ... See full summary »

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Chris Claybourne
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Professor Fahrenheim
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'Fish-Eye'
John Eldredge ...
Tom Claybourne
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. Claybourne
Phyllis Clare ...
Clara (scenes deleted)
Leonard Mudie ...
Pete
Jed Prouty ...
Bill Arnold
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Dr. Capolo
Rafael Storm ...
Captain Tanetz (as Rafael Corio)
William Stack ...
Winters
Edgar Edwards ...
Charlie
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Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by marrying Claybourne's brother although she still loves him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | Romance

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7 August 1936 (USA)  »

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My Brother's Wife  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 12 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 13 March 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7); in Philadelphia, its earliest documented telecast took place Monday 29 August 1960 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Sunday 28 August 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Chris Claybourne: [gesturing toward a portrait] Tough old bird; he had a wooden leg and a glass eye.
Rita Wilson Claybourne: Which is the glass eye, the one on the right?
Chris Claybourne: Yeah. How'd you know?
Rita Wilson Claybourne: Oh, I don't know. It has a kinder expression than the real one.
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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't We Fall in Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played as dance music at the nightclub
Sung by an unidentified black man at the nightclub
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It's so bad that it's Good!
22 February 2001 | by (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Folks, this one is from 1936 so we have to take it for what it is. During the early years of talkies, Hollywood came up with some very interesting tales to tell. His Brother's Wife is one of them. Robert Taylor plays the younger brother to the brother that Barbara Stanwyck marries in retaliation for Taylor's going into the depths of the Jungle to find a cure for some god-awful plague. Confusing? It is? Confusing and almost silly. Yet, there is a touch of that old classic film magic that makes it a delight to watch.

There is something about the on-screen chemistry between Taylor and Stanwyck, (most likely spurning from their real life romance), that makes you keep watching. The scenes between the two stars make the whole twisted tale worth sitting through.

Now, don't be fooled, there are many more films that have plots that are more contrived than His Brother's Wife, but there is something about the jump form New York, to the Jungle, and then back to New York, then to the Jungle again, that makes this film a little more silly than most. But, lets face it, if you choose to watch this film you are doing so all for the man with the perfect profile's smile (Robert Taylor) and The Ball of Fire's spunk (Barbara Stanwyck).

All and all this is a fun film to watch. It by no means is predictable--

most likely due to the fact that the plot is out of this world.

Enjoy. I did.


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