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Public Wedding (1937)

 -  Comedy  -  10 July 1937 (USA)
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The operators of a bankrupt carnival sideshow hope to restore their fallen fortunes by staging a fake 'public wedding' in the mouth of their unprofitable giant whale. But the intended '... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Burke
Dick Purcell ...
Joe Taylor
Marie Wilson ...
Berton Churchill ...
Pop Lane
Archie Robbins ...
Nick (as James Robbins)
Raymond Hatton ...
The Deacon
Veda Ann Borg ...
Zeni Vatori ...
Gus Papadopoulos
Jimmie Fox ...
Jeremiah Boggs (as Jimmy Foxe)
Curtis Karpe ...
Pete - the Waiter
Horace McMahon ...
Reporter (as Horace MacMahon)
John Harron ...
Jack Mower ...


The operators of a bankrupt carnival sideshow hope to restore their fallen fortunes by staging a fake 'public wedding' in the mouth of their unprofitable giant whale. But the intended 'bridegroom' absconds with the proceeds, arranging a substitute...and Flip Lane, much to her surprise, finds herself really married to a handsome stranger, whose career as an artist she decides to manage, much to his dismay. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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10 July 1937 (USA)  »

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This was Jane Wyman's film debut. See more »


Tony Burke: Good, sound, honest work will be appreciated in the end!
Flip Lane: Well, who the heck wants to wait 'til the end?
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The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by a band as the bridal couple enter
Variations played as background music often
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What? And Get Bit?
5 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silly but fast-paced and enjoyable comedy built around the "public wedding" as a money-making scheme that goes awry. Jane Wyman and William Hopper star as the couple who get tricked into a real marriage when they think it's just a scam. Wyman is very good in her Warner Bros comedy roles. Solid support from Marie Wilson, Berton Churchill, and Dick Purcell. Churchill steals the film as Wyman's blow-hard crook father, but then he was always good. Watch Churchill in 1939's "Stagecoach" some time. He was ALWAYS good but is forgotten today. Best line said to Marie Wilson in the film: "Hey, why don't you cover your mouth when you yawn?" The response: "What? And Get Bit?"

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