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In Name Only (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  18 August 1939 (USA)
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While out riding in the country, wealthy New Yorker Alec Walker meets young widow Julie Eden, and a relationship quickly develops. However, Alec has not told her that he is already locked ... See full summary »

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Maida Walker
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Mr. Walker
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Suzanne
Katharine Alexander ...
Laura
Jonathan Hale ...
Dr. Gateson
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Mrs. Walker
Alan Baxter ...
Charley
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Dr. Muller (as Maurice Moscovich)
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Ellen
Spencer Charters ...
Gardener
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While out riding in the country, wealthy New Yorker Alec Walker meets young widow Julie Eden, and a relationship quickly develops. However, Alec has not told her that he is already locked into a loveless marriage to the avaricious Maida, who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife. A completely coincidental car crash alerts the two women to each other's existence, a situation to which they react very differently. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

This movie was intended to be a reunion for Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, but following the failure of Bringing Up Baby (1938) at the box office from the previous year, Hepburn left RKO being after deemed "Box Office Poison". Carole Lombard was subsequently brought in as her replacement. See more »

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When Alec is found in the hotel room unconscious, a doctor is called. The doctor opens the knot on his tie and unbuttons his shirt for examination. The next scene Alec's shirt and tie are back to buttoned and tied. See more »

Quotes

Alec Walker: [after being asked who was on the phone] I haven't the remotest notion. She calls me up every now and then and we talk. I call her my telephone dream girl. It's practically weird.
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Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
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Music attributed to John Reading (17th century)
Words translated from the Latin by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Played as background music on Christmas Eve
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Kay Francis Was Very Memorable
15 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"In Name Only" was a product of wonderful chemistry between Cary Grand and Carole Lombard. Kay Francis also figured into this chemistry. What I liked about Miss Francis was that she was absolutely beautiful, and she could be extremely sophisticated, and likable, even in this movie, but she also could carry out a dark side, as was evident in some of her other movies, again, as well as in this one! She could also play someone on the wrong side of the tracks, and sometimes a downright floozy. That to me is the sign of a good actress. But don't get me wrong. Not only was Carole Lombard drop-dead gorgeous, her acting ability matched her physical beauty and wit.

Trivia comments on this website refer to Kay Francis as being virtually forgotten, but in my mind, her role in this movie certainly made me sit up and take notice-and I saw it for the first time when I was in my 30's! I'm only 51 now.

In the movie I'm reviewing, I found that I had to take sides with both of the females interacting with Cary Grant. That's what made it so interesting. These days, the subject matter is obviously timeless as well, though it wasn't so much in 1939.


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