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Next Time I Marry (1938)

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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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Nancy Crocker Fleming
James Ellison ...
Anthony J. Anthony
Lee Bowman ...
Count Georgi
Granville Bates ...
H.E. Crocker
Mantan Moreland ...
Elliott Sullivan ...
Murray Alper ...
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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 <>

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


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is the first feature film in which Lucille Ball received top billing. See more »


Anthony Joseph 'Tony' Anthony: I guess ham just brings out the poetry in me. In some people poetry brings out the ham.
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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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Familiar but pleasant cross-country trip
28 March 2014 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Rich girl Lucille Ball pulls up in her huge car alongside a WPA ditch-digging project. She offers handsome laborer James Ellison $1000 to marry her, after which she immediately ditches him and goes off to a ritzy party. Lucy is actually kind of obnoxious….will she learn her lesson before the end of the picture?

Not a lot of surprises in this mild comedy, but Lucy is fun to watch, Ellison is fine as the dogged and resourceful leading man, and Lee Bowman is hilarious as Lucy's goofy-accented South American fiancé.

We learn early on that Lucy's father's will requires her to marry a "plain American"—thus her rush to marry and get her money. When Ellison figures out that she's married him only to quickly divorce him, he vows to divorce her first, and from there on it's a race to Reno.

Besides its human cast, the picture stars a dog named Mike in a funny role, and also a little streamlined camper-trailer that Ellison pulls behind his car. The camper is at the center of much of the film's action, including a scene where Lucy sets it on fire in a harebrained attempt to escape.

No classic, I guess, but it's fast-paced and and has some solid laughs. --Oh, and a clever ending featuring a preacher and family piling into the car....

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