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In Name Only (1939)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Maida Walker
Mr. Walker
Helen Vinson ...
Katharine Alexander ...
Jonathan Hale ...
Dr. Gateson
Mrs. Walker
Alan Baxter ...
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Dr. Muller (as Maurice Moscovich)
Spencer Charters ...


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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18 August 1939 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


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)
Music attributed to John Reading (17th century)
Words translated from the Latin by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
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Great escapism for those who like 1930s style love triangles.
20 October 2000 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

This is the perfect movie to curl up to on a winter day and get lost in a soap opera. The performances are very good and Lombard is just gorgeous. I think the best reason to see it is to see Kay Francis in a comeback performance. She had been relegated to the undesirable list by the studios at this point in her career. Her portrayal of Maida, Cary Grant's uncompromising wife, is great fun to watch. The movie is a little cornball in parts but overall it works. Lombard fans really won't be disappointed.

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