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This Marriage Business (1938)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 8 April 1938 (USA)
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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Jud Parker
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Bill Bennett
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Nancy Parker (as Vicki Lester)
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Police Chief Hardy
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'Candid' Perry
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Joe Selby
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Bella Lawson
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Frankie Spencer
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Attorney Lloyd Wilson (as Jack Arnold)
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Mayor Frisbee
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Mrs. Platt
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Young Love Runs the Gauntlet of Machine Guns in War with Gangland! New York mobsters owned the town, until old Jed Holcomb got good and man. (original poster) See more »


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8 April 1938 (USA)  »

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It Couldn't Happen Again  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Victor System)

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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 »

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When the bad guys go on a car chase to get "Candid" (Jack Carson) the scene starts out in the dark, then instantly goes to broad daylight. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
In the score for a wedding
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Remembrances and Prefigurements
11 October 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

What was Jack Carson, who had a role in the 1954 version of A STAR IS BORN, in which the main character was named Vicki Lester, doing in 1938? Well, he was appearing in this comedy, in which the ingénue role is played by Vicki Lester.

Although not well known or respected, this is a snappy little comedy starring Victor Moore as a small town justice, none of whose weddings have ended in divorce. Alan Lane is a reporter and the rest is a fairly busy little story. There are the usual nice Christy Cabanne visual touches -- a camera that moves pleasantly and a nice little gag involving taffy.

There's also a good professional cast including such talent as Cecil Kellaway and George Irving. In fact, the only downside to this sweet little comedy-drama is Miss Lester, whose voice tends to suggest a hard-boiled dame more than a sweet small-town girl. Add in the wonderful photography of veteran D.P. Joe August and you've got a nice little movie.


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