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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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Complete credited cast:
Anthony J. Anthony
Count Georgi
H.E. Crocker
Elliott Sullivan ...
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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!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Trailer Romance  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third and final film in which character actor Granville Bates appeared on screen alongside Lucille Ball. Each film in which they appeared together was released in 1938 and starred Ball as the female lead. The other films to include the two actors were Go Chase Yourself (1938) and The Affairs of Annabel (1938). See more »


Count Georgi: So, now then, have you the traveling food?
Tilby: Yowza.
Count Georgi: Have you my sleeping bag?
Tilby: Yowza.
Count Georgi: My canvas tote? My medicine kit? My sunglasses?
Tilby: Yowza. Yowza. Yowza.
Count Georgi: Have you my mosquito net?
Tilby: Yowza.
Count Georgi: Have you Miss Crocker's clothes?
Tilby: Yowza. Is you ready to leave now?
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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
In the score at the end
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Lovely Lucy in Her First Starring Role
9 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short (65 minutes) comedy is one of the better "B" movie variations of "It Happened One Night" from the 1930's. Lucille Ball stars as a heiress whose father's will requires her to marry an American. Trouble is she is in love with a penniless count who is basically just interested in her money. Lucy concocts a plan to marry and divorce ditch-digger James Ellison, offering him a thousand to marry her. Ellison needs $793.00 to pay off a bill so he goes along with it - but then is angry when he feels she played him for a sap when she informs him she's going to Reno to divorce him immediately. Ellison is determined to beat her there and file for divorce himself and the duo fight across the country on the way to Reno. If you wonder how it ends you haven't seen many romantic comedies.

Lucy is very beautiful in this, her first starring film and proves she already was a wonderful comedienne in this comedy made some 13 years before the debut of I LOVE LUCY. She also proved she was unafraid to get into unglamorous and physical comic situations even at this young age (27) quite unlike most attractive actresses. (Like the much later THE FULLER BRUSH GIRL, this movie shows Lucy is drop dead gorgeous soaking wet, maybe they should have dunked her in all her pictures.) Leading man James Ellison is quite good too as the down-to-earth Joe dubbed "Cinderella man" by the press for his marriage to the wealthy heiress (Ellison also looks pretty good soaked). I don't think I've ever seen Ellison before - his career was basically divided into three parts, first bit player, then "B" movie leads like here, and finally starring in low-budget "B" westerns. Ellison is good-looking in a low key way, quite tall, and has an athletic build and is very good here but perhaps his career didn't take off in part because either because of his strong resemblance to Joel McCrea or the fact that very few handsome men became major stars back then. The movie is so short not much attention is given to character actors, quite unusual for comedies of the period, Lucy, James, his over-sized dog, and the count are pretty much the whole show. Fans of Lucy's later movie hit THE LONG LONG TRAILER will enjoy seeing Lucy in similar situations on the road with a travel trailer here. This is a good little movie, a must for Lucy lovers and those who enjoy the comedy romances of the era.

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