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Double Wedding (1937)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 October 1937 (USA)
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Two sisters of differing temperaments, the younger's milquetoast fiancé, and a free spirited artist in an auto trailer have romantic complications in this screwball comedy.

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Margit Agnew
Florence Rice ...
Irene Agnew
John Beal ...
Waldo Beaver
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Kensington-Bly
Edgar Kennedy ...
Spike
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Keough
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Keough
Barnett Parker ...
Flint
Katharine Alexander ...
Claire Lodge
Priscilla Lawson ...
Felice
Bert Roach ...
Shrank
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Storyline

Waldo and Irene have been living with Margit for the four years that they have been engaged. Margit has planned the wedding and the honeymoon - in fact, Margit plans everything down to what they will have for breakfast every day. The only problem is that Waldo is a milquetoast and Irene does not want to be married to a milquetoast. So she says she is in love with Charlie, a bohemian artist/producer who lives in a trailer behind Spike's Place. When Margit confronts Charlie about giving up Irene, Charlie sees that she is the one for him. To make everyone happy, Charlie will have to help Waldo get a backbone. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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15 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Doppelhochzeit  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several performers in studio records and casting call lists were not seen in the movie. These were, with their character names, Charles Coleman (Mrs. Bly's Butler), Josephine Whittell (Woman Customer), Mitchell Lewis (Orator) and John 'Skins' Miller (Pickpocket). According to a news item, Robert Benchley was to have a featured role, but he wasn't in the movie either. See more »

Goofs

In a scene near the end that takes place in William Powell's trailer, an Oscar statuette is visible in the background standing on a white shelf. In the next shot, the statuette is on top of a black box that is on the white shelf. The following shot has the Oscar back on the white shelf. A few moments later, the statuette is knocked over, and is seen toppling from on top of the black box again. See more »

Quotes

Waldo Beaver: Gangway, I've got yump!
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Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung a cappella by four drunks at Spike's
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Crazy film done under sad circumstances
11 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Double Wedding" is an enjoyable, albeit dizzying comedy starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. It's really a tribute to the cast that they were able to carry on in such a wacky movie despite being shut down for a time due to Jean Harlow's untimely death. Both Powell, who was involved with Harlow, and Loy, who was a friend of hers, took her death very hard.

Powell and Loy play polar opposites in this film. She is a complete control freak who has her life, her sister's life, and the life of her sister's fiancé, planned down to the millisecond. Along comes Powell, who lives in a trailer and hocks items when he needs money. Once he's in their lives, all bets are off, and chaos reigns supreme.

The cast is great but the whole thing kind of veers off focus from time to time. The writing isn't as strong as in some of the other screwball comedies of the era. But Powell is a treasure and teamed with Loy, even more so.


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