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Tess Slesinger (screen play) and
Bradbury Foote (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
8 October 1937 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Anni

Franchot Tone ... Giulio

Robert Young ... Rudi Pal

Billie Burke ... Contessa di Meina

Reginald Owen ... Admiral Monti
Lynne Carver ... Maddelena Monti
George Zucco ... Count Armalia
Mary Philips ... Maria (as Mary Phillips)
Paul Porcasi ... Nobili

Dickie Moore ... Pietro
Frank Puglia ... Alberto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nino Bellini ... Cosmos Club Waiter (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Cordellera Bar Waiter (uncredited)

Adriana Caselotti ... First Peasant Girl (uncredited)
Robert Cauterio ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Irene Coleman ... Cosmos Club Hat Check Girl (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Cosmos Club Croupier (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Hotel Chauffeur (uncredited)
Rita Gould ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Geneva Hall ... Tango Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Cordellera Bar Proprietor (uncredited)
Jean Lewis ... Second Peasant Girl (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Rudi's Waiter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Hotel Headwaiter (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Cosmos Club Doorman (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Cosmos Club Patron (uncredited)
John Oliver ... Page Boy (uncredited)

Ann Rutherford ... Third Peasant Girl (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Sailor at Cordellera Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Dorothy Arzner 
 
Writing credits
Tess Slesinger (screen play) and
Bradbury Foote (screen play)

Ferenc Molnár (from a play by) (as Ferenc Molnar)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  story contributions (uncredited)
Waldo Salt  adaptation (uncredited)
Catherine Turney  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Daniel B. Cathcart .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harkness Smith .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Val Raset .... dances staged by
Kasha Haroldi .... stand-in: Joan Crawford (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min | Germany:99 min (TV)
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Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1938) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3582) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Trivia:
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 »
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Count Rudi Armalia:Waiters are notoriously better-mannered than those they serve.See more »
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Who Wants Love?See more »

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Cinderella With The Clock Ticking, 25 July 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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