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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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Complete credited cast:
Charles Lodge
Margit Agnew
Florence Rice ...
Irene Agnew
John Beal ...
Waldo Beaver
Jessie Ralph ...
Mrs. Kensington-Bly
Edgar Kennedy ...
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Keough
Barnett Parker ...
Katharine Alexander ...
Claire Lodge
Priscilla Lawson ...
Bert Roach ...


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 <>

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A Riot of Laughs!


Comedy | Romance


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15 October 1937 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Production was partially shut down because of the death (7 June 1937) of Jean Harlow, to whom William Powell was engaged. See more »


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 »


Charles Lodge: I remember men in our regiment who'd ride out across the sands against the Arabs to face a certain horrible death carrying a rose in their teeth.
Margit Agnew: I seem to see you with spaghetti.
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References A Day at the Races (1937) See more »


(1893) (uncredited)
aka "Hearts and Flowers"
Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played on the violin during rehearsal at Spike's Place
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Trailer living
31 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Double Wedding finds Myrna Loy as a Katharine Hepburn/Rosalind Russell type career woman who is dominating all. We wouldn't see the like of it until Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada on the screen. But I doubt that Streep would have fallen for a free spirit like William Powell. Nor would sister Florence Rice.

The problem is that Florence lives with Myrna who dictates her whole life to her including her choice of husband and in this case it's the original milquetoast John Beal. Beal himself gets a few laughs in a role that Harold Lloyd would have been ideal had that part been the central character.

Out of rebellion Rice starts hanging around and falling for Powell who lives in a trailer parked in a vacant lot next to Edgar Kennedy's bar. Powell is not the marrying kind at first and definitely not for Rice, but Beal is such an incredible drip. And Loy won't have him, at least for a brother-in-law. But who knows for what else.

This role for Powell was quite a departure, usually he's a gentleman dressed to the nines. Still even as a Bohemian free spirited artist he's the height of graciousness and good manners and actually makes it work.

I could never see Loy living in a trailer, much less a trailer park. She'll have to have Powell move in with her and dress him up a bit.

Double Wedding which was being shot while Jean Harlow was shooting Saratoga and dying a little every day on that set cast a pall on this picture. The Powell/Loy timing seemed a bit off, certainly Powell was doing his own grieving in quiet moments for the woman he planned to marry.

It's not the best of their team features, but Bill and Myrna's fans should have no cause for complaint.

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