This Marriage Business (1938)

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New York city reporter Bill Terry (Allan Lane and his photographer-assistant "Candid" Perry (Jack Carson) follow an eloping heiress to a small New York town where he hears the marriage ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Victor Moore ...
Bill Bennett
Vickie Lester ...
Nancy Parker (as Vicki Lester)
Police Chief Hardy
'Candid' Perry
Richard Lane ...
Joe Selby
Kay Sutton ...
Bella Lawson
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Frankie Spencer
Vinton Hayworth ...
Attorney Lloyd Wilson (as Jack Arnold)
Frank M. Thomas ...
Mayor Frisbee
Leona Roberts ...
Mrs. Platt


New York city reporter Bill Terry (Allan Lane and his photographer-assistant "Candid" Perry (Jack Carson) follow an eloping heiress to a small New York town where he hears the marriage license clerk, Jud Holcomb (Victor Moore), give advice to the eloping couple, and he learns that no couple who has received a license from Jud has ever been divorced. Bill writes a story and Jud becomes a celebrity. Bill falls in love with Jud's daughter, Nancy (Vickie Lester), and local attorney Lloyd Wilson (Vinton Hayworth) finds he has become a jilted suitor. Jud is pleased as he dislikes Wilson because he is too friendly with roadhouse owner and political power-holder Joe Selby (Richard Lane), who controls Mayor Frisbee (Frank M. Thomas), Commissioner Perkins (Bryant Washburn) and Police Chief Hardy (Cecil Kellaway). Bill and Candid recognize Selby as a former NY gangster who had framed his partner Frankie Spencer and then gone away with Frankie's girl friend Bella Lawson (Kay Sutton), who is ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

8 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It Couldn't Happen Again  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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The print shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel was missing the director credit. It was probably right after the title frame, since there was an abrupt change to the frame giving the producer credit, while other credit frames faded out slowly. The title frame itself was also tampered with; the normal "RKO Radio Pictures, Inc." at the top was overlaid with "RKO Pictures." See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
In the score for a wedding
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The Dog Stays in the Picture
31 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

New York City reporter Allan Lane (as Bill) is so interested in pursuing a celebrity wedding, he passes on assisting pretty blonde Vicki Lester (as Nancy), who has run out of gas on a "Middletown" road. With photographer Jack Carson (as "Candid") assisting, Mr. Lane not only gets his story, but also discovers that small town marriage man Victor Moore (as Jud) has never had a couple file for divorce. Lane dubs Mr. Moore "Cupid", and decides to write a series of feature stories about the lucky wedding man.

When Lane and Mr. Carson arrive for dinner at Moore's country home, they discover Ms. Lester (the pretty stranded motorist) is his daughter. For some reason, Lane and Lester show no surprise at the discovery. At first, Lester doesn't forgive Lane for neglecting to give her gas. But, he is determined. Lane also helps Moore run for mayor, but gangsters interfere. "This Marriage Business" gets its best licks from "Corky" the jail-house free dog. You won't see a "No Dogs Allowed" sign in the "Middletown" jail.

*** This Marriage Business (4/8/38) Christy Cabanne ~ Victor Moore, Allan Lane, Vickie Lester, Jack Carson

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