MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 25,680 this week

Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 August 1938 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 169 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 1 critic

A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

Director:

(as Reinhold Schunzel)

Writers:

(screen play) (as Joseph A. Fields) , (screen play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9998 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 399 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 886 titles
created 13 Sep 2013
 
a list of 550 titles
created 11 Oct 2013
 
a list of 4282 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)

Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rich Man, Poor Girl.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Young married couple expecting a baby suddenly discover they are half-brother and sister.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Lana Turner, Robert Lansing, Celeste Holm
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Eddie sells his song to a Broadway producer and also lands a job dancing in the musical. He sends for his dance partner-fiancée Molly who brings her younger sister Pat. Upon seeing Molly ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Lana Turner, Joan Blondell, George Murphy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Neurotic woman engages in an affair with the law partner of her impotent husband.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Lana Turner, Jason Robards, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A. J. Niles is the author of a series of 'Bachelor Books'. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S.... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly
Persecution (1975)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Young David Masters drowns his mothers cat Sheba in its milk, claiming she loves it more than he, one of many such Shebas he has killed... See full synopsis »

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Lana Turner, Trevor Howard, Ralph Bates
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Royal Prime Minister Richelieu to usurp the King's power.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson
Topper (1937)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband... but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
Madame X (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her, and is forced by her mother-in-law to assume a new identity ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley
Stars: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr
Peyton Place (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Bill Harrison
...
Henry Thayer
...
Joan Thayer
...
Helen
Rita Johnson ...
Sally Harrison
Don Castle ...
Frank
Guy Kibbee ...
Pa
Sarah Padden ...
Ma
Gordon Jones ...
Tom Grogan
Virginia Grey ...
Miss Selma Willis
Marie Blake ...
Mrs. Gussler
Edit

Storyline

A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's Now or Never  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was an adaptation of a Broadway play titled "White Collars" by Edith Ellis. The original stage production opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on Feb. 23, 1925 and ran for 104 performances. There was an earlier film adaptation called The Idle Rich (1929) starring Conrad Nagel, Bessie Love, Leila Hyams and Robert Ober. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Played on piano by Lew Ayres
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nothing special but worth catching for the cast
12 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mild social commentary comedy drama is of more interest for its cast than the rather facile situations it presents. A bread and butter feature of the kind that all the studios churned out to fill a double bill and feature their stable of promising newcomers and reliable character actors this one is packed full of actors and actresses that went on to better things.

Without a doubt the person who made the biggest splash following this is Lana Turner in her nascent phase here. She's sweet, still a brunette and full of the dewy youth and kittenish sexuality she exuded in the early phase of her career before changing into a harder article after The Postman Always Rings Twice, not fully in the spotlight but definitely holding the screen. The other person who would emerge with a major career is Robert Young but he'd have to wade through years as a second string leading man before hitting the top in TV. He's competent and charming as ever but his character isn't too clearly defined. Another fine performer-Ruth Hussey, still a few years away from The Philadelphia Story, isn't really given a very strong character either for someone who is supposed to be the lead but she is an appealing presence as always.

For the supporting cast the always reliable Guy Kibbee is on hand as Ruth's kind father and the ill-fated Rita Johnson is saucy as Young's sister. The standout in support however and not in a good way is Lew Ayers jackass cousin Henry. Through no fault of the actor the character grates every second he's on the screen and it's only because of Ayer's natural charm that he is even mildly bearable.

The picture is in no way special but still worth catching once for seeing the type of quality cast Metro was able to assemble for even the most ordinary script.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?