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Jane Murfin (screen play) and
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Release Date:
18 November 1938 (USA) See more »
A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law. | Full synopsis »
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A surprising '30's potboiler See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Olivia Riley

Margaret Sullavan ... Judy Linden

Robert Young ... David Linden

Melvyn Douglas ... Henry Linden
Fay Bainter ... Hannah Linden

Allyn Joslyn ... Roger Q. Franklin

Hattie McDaniel ... Belvedere
Oscar O'Shea ... Charlie Collins

Frank Albertson ... Benny Collins
Harry Barris ... Bertie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Granville Bates ... Second Man on Plane (uncredited)

Ralph Bushman ... Club Sirocco Doorman (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Press Agent (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Henry's Butler (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Man Shaving on Plane (uncredited)
Roger Converse ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Tony De Marco ... Van Stillman - Olivia's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Chairman of Morals Society (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nurse (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Mrs. Smart (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Briggs (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Claire Owen ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Maurice - the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Farmer (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Candid Cameraman (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Minister Performing Wedding (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Leonard - Hannah's Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
Jane Murfin (screen play) and
Ogden Nash (screen play)

Keith Winter (based on the play by)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  uncredited

Produced by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz .... producer
Frank Borzage .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (photographed by) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations by)
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Tony De Marco .... dance arranger: Miss Crawford and Mr. De Marco's dance (as Mr. De Marco)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4770) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Joan Crawford specifically asked for Margaret Sullavan to play the role of Judy, despite Louis B. Mayer's warning that the accomplished stage actress could steal the picture from her. Joan replied "I'd rather be a supporting player in a good picture than the star of a bad one."See more »
Benny Collins:[to Maggie] If I ever get a decent horn, I'll have a band of my own in a year.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007)See more »
Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35: Marche FunèbreSee more »


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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A surprising '30's potboiler, 24 June 2002
Author: d1494 from San Francisco

This movie is far more interesting than it should be, thanks to the very articulate discussions of feelings or the lack thereof. Good acting by Joan Crawford, who is no favorite of mine and Margaret Sullivan, who is and Hattie McDaniel who always seems to bring some needed reality to any situation with an intelligence not exceeded by anyone in the film. Fay Bainter is good at playing with her claws out.

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