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In Name Only (1939)

 -  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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Jonathan Hale ...
Dr. Gateson
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Alan Baxter ...
Charley
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Dr. Muller (as Maurice Moscovich)
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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 »

Goofs

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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Joy To The World
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Music attributed to George Frideric Handel
Words by Isaac Watts (1719)
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A forgotten little gem
12 March 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched `In Name Only' the other night after about 20 odd years since the last time I watched it. I didn't realise how lovely this film actually was…..maybe age has matured me to such delights, who knows!!! Carole Lombard and Cary Grant star together and their pairing does work. Though the performance from Kay Francis was extremely convincing, she showed a cold calculated woman determined to keep Grant's character in a loveless marriage, parading a pretense to family and friends she was the hard-done-by wife.

Lombard's character Julie Eden was of course the opposite of Kay Francis's character……two different women in the extreme. Both women are vying for the same man, but with definite distinctions between them to what their reasons are..... one for love and the other for wealth and power. Amongst all this is Grant's character Alec Walker…….he knows to well of his wife's ambition, to the point of utterly loathing her (I actually think he does in the film).

The cinematography was sharp, editing and sound was to a high standard. The dialogue was clear and the plot was satisfactory……I say this because watching this film today really has no relevance to our society anymore. Couples just live with each other, there's no stigma attached or judgements made against them. The era of the film depicts a very different society code and morals.

`In Name Only' certainly has a place in my film collection. 8/10


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