The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 October 1937 (USA)
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Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Anni Pavlovitch
Rudi Pal
Contessa di Meina
Admiral Monti
Lynne Carver ...
Maddelena Monti
George Zucco ...
Count Armalia
Mary Philips ...
Maria (as Mary Phillips)
Paul Porcasi ...
Frank Puglia ...


Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. With fancy new clothes and ersatz status, Anni decides that she likes the rich life. But with time running out, she needs a rich husband and Rudi is the one she chooses. Only it takes longer than two weeks for Rudi to dump his fiancée and propose to her. In the weeks that she has been there, she finds that she loves Giulio, the postman with the small house and the donkey cart. But will she give up love for wealth.... Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'inconnue du palace  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Probably the real "star" of the film, and the source of its title, was the red beaded gown by Adrian, worn by Joan Crawford in the climactic ball scene. The dress was reused in fashion show sequences in The Big Store (1941) and, finally in color, in Du Barry Was a Lady (1943). See more »


Page Boy: [At the casino in Trieste: a young uniformed casino attendant carrying a platter brings Count Armalia his rather substantial roulette winnings in the form of large banknotes] Sir.
Count Rudi Armalia: [the Count starts to count the bills] Do you save your money, young man?
Page Boy: No sir.
Count Rudi Armalia: Or support a sick mother?
Page Boy: No sir.
Count Rudi Armalia: Perhaps you're working your way through school?
Page Boy: No sir.
Count Rudi Armalia: You have no ambition of any kind?
Page Boy: No sir.
Count Rudi Armalia: Good. Here's an enormous tip for you. Squander it.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a music box is shown playing a tune in the background. See more »


Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Sung a cappella by Joan Crawford
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What Joan Did
8 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In about 1980 I saw this film at the UCLA Film Archives in a series presenting Dorothy Arzner directed films. There was a guest speaker at the event who was a personal friend of Arzner's. I don't remember her name, but she was introduced as, among other things, the writer for the script of "Craig's Wife" (1936; starring Rosalind Russell).

She said she was on the set for some of the shooting of "Bride Wore Red," and described how Joan Crawford was completely uncooperative with the director. Originally it was written for Luise Rainer but for some reason she was unavailable. "So they got Joan Crawford who wasn't anything like her," and was not suited for the film in this woman's opinion. While she was on the set she witnessed how Dorothy Arzner would gently make suggestions as to how to play a scene, "...and Joan would scream, 'You'll destroy me! You'll destroy me!' and she would run up to L.B. Mayer and he would say, 'There, there Joan, play it your way." So she did, "...and frankly, the film bombed. But when you have a star that is entirely uncooperative, you can't blame the director." I hope I have quoted this woman accurately. That is what has stuck in my memory. I am a big Crawford fan, but her flaws were apparently spectacular. I just thought it would be interesting to record this bit of info.

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