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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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Anni Pavlovitch
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Rudi Pal
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Contessa di Meina
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Admiral Monti
Lynne Carver ...
Maddelena Monti
George Zucco ...
Count Armalia
Mary Philips ...
Maria (as Mary Phillips)
Paul Porcasi ...
Nobili
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Pietro
Frank Puglia ...
Alberto
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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. 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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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8 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'inconnue du palace  »

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

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During filming, an electrician fell from the catwalk high above the set, narrowly missing the film's star, Joan Crawford. Shooting was temporarily halted while the man was rushed to hospital. Crawford refused to resume production until she was assured that the man would be fully cared for, that he would remain on salary, and that his family would be provided for. Crawford also called the hospital each day afterwards for reports on his condition. See more »

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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Who Wants Love?
(1937)
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Joan Crawford (uncredited) at the Cordellera Bar
Played throughout as part of the score
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Cinderella With The Clock Ticking
25 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Bride Wore Red is based on an unpublished Ferenc Molnar play which he probably couldn't get anyone on Broadway interested in. So for a reduced rate he sold the property to MGM which gave it the usual lavish MGM treatment.

American accents which bothered some other reviewers didn't bother me. Sometimes they stand out, sometimes they don't. In this case Joan Crawford was cast in a role she played dozens of times before as the poor girl given a chance at riches and does she grab.

This variation on the Pygmalion theme starts in a café in Trieste where Crawford sings and presumably will do other things for her supper. It's in the red light district of Trieste. Count George Zucco hires her on a whim to prove that clothes and manner do make the individual. Zucco showers Crawford with a new wardrobe giving her the chance to show off those Adrian gowns and gives her two weeks at a resort in the Tyrol where the high society pleasures itself.

To make this last though Crawford has to land a husband and she lands on Robert Young. But he's slightly engaged to Lynne Carver, a sweet young thing. They're traveling with friends Reginald Owen who is a foxy old rogue and married to Billie Burke who has to watch the fox like a hawk.

The local postman Franchot Tone is interested in her, but Crawford figures to do better than him. Her only friend is a former café colleague in Mary Phillips who is working as a maid in that hotel. Though the experiment is Pygmalion like, Crawford feels more like Cinderella with the clock inevitably ticking towards midnight.

I think you can probably figure out where this all ends if you're any kind of film fan and Crawford fan. Dorothy Arzner's direction sharpens the character that Crawford created in Grand Hotel as an anxious to rise stenographer taking her couple of steps lower in society and seeing if she can make the climb.

Franchot Tone who was married to Joan Crawford at the time got a break of sorts in this film. Normally he'd be the society guy who Crawford is trying for. As the common, but somewhat erudite postman for once he's not in formal wear in a film.

Another surprise is Billie Burke who together with Mary Boland and Spring Byington was busy playing delightful airheads in her film. She's quite serious and quite good, but inevitably went back to being typecast after this film was completed.

The Bride Wore Red will please Joan Crawford fans immensely and this is a most typical example of the kind of character she played in her years at MGM.


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