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Love on the Run (1936)

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

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Sally Parker
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Michael Anthony
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Barnabus Pells
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Baron Otto
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Baroness Hilda
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Igor
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Lieutenant of Police
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Lees Berger - City Editor
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In the company of reporter Michael Anthony, American heiress Sally Parker flees her planned wedding to Prince Igor; Sally is unaware of Mike's detestable occupation. The two steal an airplane that is part of a spy plot and discover secret plans. They are pursued by the spies as well as by Mike's pal Barnabas, who wants a piece of the hot news story. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Joan Crawford - On the run! Clark Gable - Running after her! Franchot Tone - Running after both of them!


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20 November 1936 (USA)  »

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$578,000 (estimated)

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$1,140,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Interesting to note that when Sally (Crawford) meets Michael (Gable) for the first time she tells him how nice it is that someone other than her board of directors cares about her. Joan Crawford would go on to be elected to the board of directors of the Pepsi Cola Company 23 years later in 1959 upon the death of her husband who was Chairman and CEO of Pepsi at the time. See more »

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When Gable is riding a wagon with Joan Crawford, he jumps off and is seen bare-headed. In the next shot he is seen walking behind the wagon wearing a goofy hat. Then in the next shot he is jumping on the wagon without a hat. See more »

Quotes

Sally Parker: Who do you think you're talking to?
Michael 'Mike' Anthony: I'm talking to a fairly attractive dame with too much dough for her own good.
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Opening credits are shown over images of trains and autos. See more »

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References Cardinal Richelieu (1935) See more »

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String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
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Written by Luigi Boccherini
Danced by Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Donald Meek
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A runaway bride/madcap heiress comedy of the '30s
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Heiress Joan Crawford runs out on her wedding and becomes involved with reporters, spies, and a castle in "Love on the Run," a 1936 comedy also starring Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, William Demarest and Donald Meek.

A really top cast makes this a winner. There were so many of these nutty heiress comedies in the '30s - "Bringing Up Baby," "Taming the Wild," "The Mad Miss Manton" come to mind without trying. Despite the Depression, there must have been a lot of heiresses around. This particular comedy has shades of another madcap heiress film, "Love is News," but is quite a bit crazier. Crawford plays Sally Parker, who, on finding she must sign a paper giving her new royal husband $3 million, bolts. An attractive man all decked out for the wedding offers to help her escape. It's Mike (Clark Gable) and he's playing an ambitious reporter who actually cheated his main rival, Barney (Franchot Tone) out of this particular story. Mike and Sally take off in a plane intended for two Russians and their highly publicized flight - except that while in the plane, Sally finds a strange-looking map, and Mike realizes these Russian fliers are spies. After a crash landing in Europe, the two spend the night in a palace with a crazy caretaker (Donald Meek). Meek, with his bowing and scraping to what he thinks are two ghosts and petting his imaginary dog, nearly steals the entire movie. He's hilarious, particularly when he checks to see if a gun is loaded by pointing it at his head and shooting.

Eventually the Russians appear trying to get their map and the hapless Barney catches up with Mike, who keeps duping him, and Barney falls for it every time.

It doesn't matter if the basic plot is derivative, it's still energetic fun and highly entertaining. Crawford is excellent and looks smashing in a series of outfits - even one originally worn by the Russian spy - it fits her perfectly! Gable is a charming devil, and Tone, a marvelous actor, plays the comedy to perfection. They all have terrific chemistry with one another, as well they should, with Crawford being Mrs. Tone and having been involved with Gable.

A very funny entry from MGM.


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