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Next Time I Marry (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 9 December 1938 (USA)
Heiress Nancy Crocker Fleming will only receive her inheritance if she marries a "plain American." Her late father was afraid a foreign gigolo would steal her heart and money. So Nancy pays... See full summary »

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Heiress Nancy Crocker Fleming will only receive her inheritance if she marries a "plain American." Her late father was afraid a foreign gigolo would steal her heart and money. So Nancy pays Tony Anthony, working on a WPA road project, to marry, then divorce her. When Nancy inadvertently drives off with Tony's dog, Tony seemingly kidnaps her to retrieve the pooch, which leads to a cross-country race between the two to reach Reno and the divorce court since neither one wants to be the second to file papers. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Running Away From Marriage... She Ran Into LOVE!

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RKO borrowed James Ellison from Harry Sherman's production company for this film. Prior to being loaned out for this comedy, Ellison had mostly starred in low-budget westerns (a genre in which Sherman's company specialized). See more »

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Count Georgi: [Sees that Nancy is being kidnapped and taken away] We've got to do something!
H.E. Crocker: He's got the legal rights of a husband.
Count Georgi: Well, then it's not so bad.
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The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca 1745) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Hummed, whistled and sung by James Ellison with modified lyrics
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"That's white of you."
14 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Far-fetched bit of fluff starring Lucille Ball as an heiress who pays a complete stranger to marry her. Ditch digger James Ellison is the lucky groom. Why she does this is because of a stipulation in her father's will that says she can't get her inheritance unless she marries a "plain American." Apparently her father was worried about foreign gold diggers seducing his daughter for her money. I've seen this theme in a lot of movies from the '30s so I guess there was an epidemic of international gold diggers fleecing unsuspecting American heiresses back then. Once married, Lucy will inherit the money and then she can divorce Ellison and marry the guy she's really interested in, foreign gold digger Lee Bowman. Guess Dad knew what he was doing, after all. Anyway, Lucy plans to divorce Ellison but he gets ticked off and decides to divorce her first to publicly humiliate her or something. I was a little unclear about the reasoning there but they had to have a conflict to fill time, I suppose.

This is a rather lame screwball comedy that suffers from having unlikable characters doing unrelatable things. Lucy's pretty but there's very little of her comedic abilities on display here. Her character is insufferable. The only scene I can think of that hinted at the greatness to come for her is the scene where she and the dog tussle over some bacon. James Ellison is a sort of poor man's Joel McCrea. It's hard to really root for him either since he was mercenary enough to marry a woman he just met for money. It's a staple of screwball comedies to put characters in extraordinary situations and have them act as absurdly as possible. But it only works when you like the characters. If you don't, their madcap antics are just annoying. Don't even get me started on how this affects the romantic element of the movie. And what was with that dark and totally out of place scene where it's implied the two guys are about to rape Lucy? Creepy. Anything with Lucy is worth seeing but this is one where I doubt you'll be in any hurry to rewatch it.


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