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Expensive Husbands (1937)

In this romantic comedy, faded movie actress Laurine Lynne decides to take a trip to Europe rather than continue to be depressed by her lack of career momentum in Hollywood. She leaves a ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Craig
Gordon Oliver ...
Ricky Preston
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Herr Andrew Brenner
Eula Guy ...
Trommy, Laurine's Maid
Robert Fischer ...
Joseph, Rupert's Servant (as Robert C. Fischer)
Fritz Feld ...
Herr Meyer, Hotel Director
John Butler ...
Savage (scenes deleted)
Ann Codee ...
George Humbert ...
Otto Fries ...
Franz, Buggy Driver (as Otto Fried)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elsa Peterson ...
Icy Lady (scenes deleted)
Nurse (scenes deleted)


In this romantic comedy, faded movie actress Laurine Lynne decides to take a trip to Europe rather than continue to be depressed by her lack of career momentum in Hollywood. She leaves a boyfriend, polo champion Ricky Preston and her loyal agent, Joe Craig in Hollywood, and travels to an unspecified region of Europe for a stay at a posh hotel. Accompanying her is her smart-aleck maid Trommy. While staying at the hotel, she is annoyed by a cheeky waiter, who, it is revealed, is actually Prince Rupert Heinrich Franz von Rentzau working incognito. Laurine is further annoyed to learn that back in Hollywood, her rival, Sandra Drew, has gotten the part she wanted due to the publicity surrounding her marriage to nobility. Laurine arranges to marry a nobleman solely because of his title, who turns out to be Prince Rupert. They honeymoon briefly and happily, but complications arise, and Laurine heads back to Hollywood and a replenished career. While working at Associated Studios, Laurine finds... Written by Tory L

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Release Date:

27 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maridos Custam Caro  »

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1.37 : 1
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Onscreen credits erroneously list actor Otto Fries as Otto Fried and composer M.K. Jerome as M.R. Jerome. See more »


Shall We Dream?
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played by a band outside the bridal suite in Austria
Sung by an unidentified man.
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its a B movie from Warner Bros for sure.
1 October 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Prince Rupert (Patric Knowles) is working as a waiter in a hotel, and tells actress Laurine Lynne (Beverly Roberts) exactly what he thinks of her acting abilities. She is conflicted; at first, she is insulted, but then realizes he is right. Then, through a wacky transaction, they are married -- she wants a title to further her career (?) in return for money to be given to the Prince. It's a Warner Brothers B shortie, at only 62 minutes, so don't expect a whole lot. And they both have a servant/sidekick for comedic reasons. There are some choppy edits, and what must have been some deleted scenes (why are they in jail ??) but the picture and sound quality are mostly good. A couple fun little touches, like the fast, fancy dancing and twirling at dinner in the restaurant, or the bit where the maids make up the honeymoon bed. The acting was mostly good, for lesser known names, but both the script and the editing were pretty bad. And Knowles seems to be channeling Eirk Rhodes from Gay Divorcée in a faux Italian accent. All the secrets are explained a the end, but the pacing is not smooth... very jumpy and awkward. Directed by Bobby Connolly, who had a background in dance and choreography. Connolly died quite young at 46... no cause of death listed.

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