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Director:
Writers:
Jo Swerling (screen play)
Ferenc Molnár (from a play by)
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Release Date:
15 October 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Riot of Laughs!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Charles Lodge

Myrna Loy ... Margit Agnew
Florence Rice ... Irene Agnew
John Beal ... Waldo Beaver
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Kensington-Bly
Edgar Kennedy ... Spike

Sidney Toler ... Keough
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Keough
Barnett Parker ... Flint
Katharine Alexander ... Claire Lodge
Priscilla Lawson ... Felice
Bert Roach ... Shrank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Drunk Singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... First Bartender (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Waitress in Crowd at Wedding (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Hot Dog Vender (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Gus - Waiter at Spike's (uncredited)
Billy Dooley ... Saxophonist (uncredited)
Jack Dougherty ... Mrs. Bly's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Mike - Policeman at Jail (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Pete - Policeman at Jail (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Woman on Street (uncredited)

Gwen Lee ... Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Irving Lipschultz ... Moe - the Violinist (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Donald Meek ... Judge Blynn (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Pianist at Spike's (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Second Bartender (uncredited)
Oscar O'Shea ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Henry Taylor ... Angelo - Margit's Gardener (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Al - Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Bass Fiddle Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Jo Swerling (screen play)

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

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
Harold Rosson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Joseph C. Wright .... associate art director (as Joseph Wright)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Ruttenberg .... photographer: Carmel-By-the-Sea (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Doc Dearborn .... stand-in: William Powell (uncredited)
Herman Fisher .... assistant: Joseph Ruttenberg (uncredited)
Shirley Hughes .... stand-in: Myrna Loy (uncredited)
Sig Kaufman .... assistant: Joseph Ruttenberg (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3611) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Production was partially shut down because of the death (7 June 1937) of Jean Harlow, to whom William Powell was engaged.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Charlie and Irene are sitting in a restaurant waiting for Waldo, Charlie opens his cigarette case and takes out a cigarette; a couple of shots later, the cigarette is lit and Charlie is smoking it although we have never seen him light it.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Lodge:Don't think, you're an actor.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Day at the Races (1937)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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Powell-Loy and the Hoi Polloi, 31 July 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

Margit Agnew (Myrna Loy) owns a dress shop that she runs with the precision of a Swiss watch. In fact, she micromanages every aspect of her life and the lives of her sister Irene (Florence Rice) and Irene's fiancé, Waldo Beaver (John Beal). In fact, she put the happy couple together in the first place. Except that the couple is not so happy, because Margit's forte is managing, not feelings.

Irene is disappointed in her intended, because he is, basically, a dim-witted, though likable, dolt. And he never takes charge like she thinks a real man should. Not to worry, though, because this is a comedy and their dissatisfaction is merely the setup for fun.

Irene and Waldo are rehearsing for a movie written by the bohemian artist Charles Lodge (William Powell, who is teaming with Myra Loy for their seventh film together). When Charlie shows Waldo how to conduct himself in a love scene, Irene convinces herself that she now loves Charlie. She tells Margit who, needing to put her plan back on track, marches over to Charlie's trailer--parked at the curb on a city street. But she is no match for the eccentric whimsy of the easy-going Charlie.

This film has much to recommend it, but it is the writing that drives this film and makes it so much fun. The plot is fairly routine, but the dialogue is full of comedic gems. Some are understated, some are wacky. They deliver some great zingers and classic pratfalls.

Also notable are the fashions. Loy, in particular, is dressed well--fitting for the owner of a dress shop. The background music is superb, often utilizing a recorder to achieve the needed whimsical quality.

The cast is wonderful. Waldo's personality is sometimes trying, but that is how he is written. Sidney Toler portrays Keough, a butler who is a former policeman and who behaves like a detective with his powers of observation and deduction. In 1938, Toler will take over the Charlie Chan franchise. It seems like he is preparing here. I do not think this was an easy script to pull off. Between the director's attention to timing and the actors' commitment to their characters, "Double Wedding" works very well.

Despite the slapstick and some scenes that devolve into a general ruckus, the script is clever. Loy's determined dryness and the scattered non sequiturs are highlights. How smart they were to toy with the chemistry of the successful Powell-Loy team and put them in this different film that still plays to the strengths of each.

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