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Public Wedding (1937)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
Pop Lane
Archie Robbins ...
Nick (as James Robbins)
Raymond Hatton ...
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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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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Spirit of Independence
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played on the calliope in the opening scene
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reality star techniques in the 30s
26 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything old is new again. How about a wedding that costs nothing because it, (very amusingly), advertises the businesses that provided the goods and services and has a paying audience? Or a painter who becomes popular with those with more money than brains because he has a reputation over a woman? Or good-looking con artists coming up with one scheme after another to make money from publicity while trying not to get arrested? It all sounds very familiar because it is entertaining and still works today to bring in the cash.

Hectic movie with many quips, turns of plot, and much running around. It's worth a look to see that the techniques used today were used in the 30s and were well-worn even back then. Visually it has interesting elements. On the whole, though, it's one of the lesser movies of the "attractive con artist" genre.

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