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Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 August 1938 (USA)
A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

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(as Reinhold Schunzel)

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(screen play) (as Joseph A. Fields), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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12 August 1938 (USA)  »

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It's Now or Never  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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In Sept. 1938, M-G-M distributed this film on a double bill with Three Loves Has Nancy (1938) starring Janet Gaynor, Robert Montgomery and Franchot Tone'. The tag line said "Comedy swings to a new high in these two romantic M-G-M hits!" See more »

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Version of The Idle Rich (1929) See more »

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Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
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Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung a cappella by Sarah Padden twice
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Another Story Of Class Differences...
24 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During the 1930s' and the Great Depression Hollywood seemed to need too exclaim some sort of social conscience. Many of these films were meant to show that the 'Rich' could fall in love with the poor and they were not much different then the rest of us. Particularly if the 'Poor Girl', was attractive, well dressed and spoken and her 'seams' were always straight.

RUTH HUSSEY filled the 'Poor Girl' role in 'Rich Man, Poor Girl' (1938). ROBERT YOUNG, the boss and 'Rich Man' who falls in love, wants to marry her and bring her up to his speed. Which by the way IS her speed. The conflict, is that the POOR GIRLs' family is a bunch of boobs, save for the Mother who had married beneath her for love. The worst of the lot is a Cousin played by LEW AYRES. He feels the need to dispense 'lunatic left' philosophy whenever the opportunity presents itself in the guise of representing the great (and unspoken) middle class. Not holding onto a job during the Great Depression is supposed to be one of his endearing traits. Did not play well then and does not in the early 21st Century.

While HUSSEY and YOUNGs' character are sympathetic and the Mother SARAH PADDEN rings true the rest are just stereotypes. A young LANA TURNER of course is always worth looking at, but LEW AYRES character is not. He had been placed in this type of role before, if not him, HENRY FONDA or JAMES STEWART. They infest themselves with a-lot of Politically Correct social conscience (nonsense), but NO real solutions for any problems. Fortunetly common sense and true love win out in the end and everybody lives 'happyly ever after'. Wish all problems of the World could be solved as easily as in this movie.


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