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Wedding Present (1936)

When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, he quits and tries to win her back.

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Monica 'Rusty' Fleming
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Pete Stagg
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Roger Dodacker
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Archduke Gustav Ernest
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'Smiles' Benson
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Mary Lawson
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Squinty
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Howard Van Dorn
Douglas Wood ...
Willett
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Gordon Blaker
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Mike Haley
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Laura Dodacker
Mary Forbes ...
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George Offerman Jr. ...
Sammy Smith
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Charlie Mason and Rusty Fleming are star reporters on a Chicago tabloid who are romantically involved as well. Although skilled in ferreting out great stories, they often behave in an unprofessional and immature manner. After their shenanigans cause their frustrated city editor to resign, the publisher promotes Charlie to the job, a decision based on the premise that only a slacker would be able crack down on other shirkers and underachievers. His pomposity soon alienates most of his co-workers and causes Rusty to move to New York. Charlie resigns and along with gangster friend Smiles Benson tries to win Rusty back before she marries a stuffy society author. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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We're almost married . . . and we want to stay that way ! See more »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Saturday 22 August 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Minneapolis 8 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), by Johnstown 23 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Seattle 9 DEcember 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Columbus 2 February 1960 on WBNS (Channel 10), by Phoenix 3 March 1960 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Wichita 3 August 1960 on KTVH (Channel 12), by Detroit 25 August 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2), and by Palm Beach 3 November 1960 on WPTV (Channel 5). It was released on DVD 19 April 2016 as one of 18 titles in Universal's Cary Grant - the Vault Collection. See more »

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Marriage License Clerk: [Reviewing a marriage license] Do you solemly swear that the statements are?... Say! What's the matter with you? You've got the day of your birth down here August 4, 1934. That makes you two years old!
Charlie: That's right. Next year I'll be eligible for the Kentucky Derby... and if you were marrying a girl like mine, you'd feel that young yourself.
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Sporatically interesting film, ultimately undermined through muddled approach
12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rather undistinguished film, the sometimes incomprehensible romantic comedy WEDDING PRESENT contains a numerous amount of potentially interesting plot devices and story elements, but ultimately fails to capitalize on it's own potential and ends up making little to no real impression. Various characters and plot threads are introduced with great fanfare, only to be dropped with no explanation as the film wanders through it runtime with no clear direction. Cary Grant and Joan Bennett are fine in the leads, and even have a respectable degree of chemistry, but they are let down by the film's lack of narrative and structure. Not a bad film by any means, but certainly an unfortunate waste of enormous talent and considerable potential.


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