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Double Wedding (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 October 1937 (USA)
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
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Waldo Beaver
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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Margit Agnew: Do you take dope?
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the band at the wedding
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The Bohemians vs. Ms. Business – screwball all the way
22 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clearly, this movie is screwball comedy. It has all the elements of the standard definition. The domineering female who challenges the man's virility. The fast and witty dialog with rejoinders and clever ripostes. The farcical scenes and antics. "Double Wedding" veers off in places, and seems to chop off scenes with poor segue. But, these few instances that might be a distraction or fault in any other film, fit perfectly with the zaniness of this movie. It's not the best of the screwball films, but it still rates 10 stars for laughter.

The cast are all outstanding in their roles. The sets, filming and other technical aspects are very good. The IMDb Web site gives the plot and other reviewers discuss it and the script. I'll just give some of the funniest lines. Myrna Loy's role is one of her biggest dialogs in her pairings with William Powell. She seems to have more lines as Margit Agnew than does Powell's Charles Lodge.

Margit gives this gibberish genealogy to Mrs. Bly, about the young man she has chosen to marry her sister, Irene. Margit, "Waldo's a sort of distant relative of ours. Mother, you know, was a Leslie. The son of her brother, Edward Leslie, married one of the Boyer girls, Anne Boyer. Anne's sister Hermione married Steve Carroll, divorced Steve and married Elmer Beaver who had three brothers, Andrew, Paul and Alexander. Andrew was married twice. His first wife was a Brewster. His second wife was the widow of Morton Thomas, nee Caroline Cook. Andrew and Caroline were the parents of Waldo. Get it?" Mrs. Bly, "Nope!" Obviously, a viewer wouldn't be able to get it either – to write it down like this, without DVD technology. This must be the longest silly genealogy recitation in filmdom.

Margit has some of the funniest lines in the film. She delivers persiflage at will toward Powell's Lodge. She calls Lodge's living style, "adolescent Bohemianism." The ending is one of the funniest, zaniest scenes of mayhem and pratfalls I can think of from any film. Here are some more very funny lines.

Irene Agnew (played superbly by Florence Rice) to Charles, "You just don't understand her. She's different form you and me. She's a businesswoman. We're Bohemians." Waldo (played very well by John Beal), "Why do Bohemians have to stay up all night?"

Mrs. Kensington-Bly (played excellently by Jessie Ralph), "It's beginning to look more and more like a hot house." Margit, "Or a nut house."

Charles, "I was a professional guide in Paris at the time. I used to show people through the sewers." Margit, "I can think of no one better qualified."

Judge Blynn (played wonderfully by Donald Meek), "Would the bride and gloom please join hands." (sic)

Waldo, "To know Charles is to love him. He's got yumpf." Irene, "He's got a monopoly on it."

Margit, "You were the best (police detective) on the force, Keough?" Keough, "Yes, Miss Agnew." Margit, "My, my! How we all missed being killed in our sleep."

Charles, "Did you want to talk about something?" Margit, "Yes. Do you take dope?"

Mrs. Bly, "I 'angeled' this joint for only one reason …to put one over on the income tax, to lose money. You make profits. Do you want to ruin me? I know! I'll double your salary."

Here's another dialog sequence that's hilarious prattle between Margit and her gardener, Angelo (done very well by Henry Taylor). Margit, "Angelo?" Angelo, "Yes, Miss Agnew?" Margit, "The paper says cloudy, probably rain. You won't have to water the garden today. How's your bambino?" Angelo, "Don't water the lawn. The bambino? Oh, he's fine." Margit, "So you can use that time to get rid of all these weeds. Be sure he gets his cod liver oil." Angelo, "Yes, Ma'am. Pull the weeds and oil the bambino. Yes, Ma'am."

Some reviewers have noted the delay in completing this film, and the strain particularly on William Powell and Myrna Loy over the death of Jean Harlow. She and Powell were planning to be married, and Loy was a close friend. Harlow was just 26 years old when she died June 7, 1937, from kidney failure. She had been ill on and off for the past year, but her illnesses had variously been diagnosed as influenza and an inflamed gallbladder. Only toward the end was she diagnosed with kidney failure, for which there was no treatment at the time. Her kidney problems may have stemmed from the Scarlet Fever she had as a child. For her short career, Harlow was well liked by people all across the movie industry. MGM closed its studio the day of her funeral. At the time of her death, she was starring with Clark Gable in "Saratoga." The film was finished using three doubles for distance shots and some revisions. It was a box office hit when it came out in July. And, Harlow's close friends in the cast of "Double Wedding" completed it under emotional duress for its release in October of that year.


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