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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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Maida Walker
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Mr. Walker
Helen Vinson ...
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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Storyline

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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The Kind Men Marry  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 11, 1939 with Carole Lombard, Cary Grant and Kay Francis reprising their film roles. 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)
Played and Sung on a radio on Christmas day
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classic tearjerker
12 June 1999 | by (Athens, Georgia) – See all my reviews

This practically perfect film is one of the most satisfying "weepies" ever. The stars are the incomparable Cary Grant and Carole Lombard, both displaying a consummate ability to move from comedy to drama, as the film shifts from a frothy, meet-cute beginning to a series of heartrending disappointments and near-tragedies. (Never fear--the ending won't leave you shattered.) Kay Francis is elegantly evil as Grant's manipulative wife, the perfect hissable villain; her exotic brunette sultriness is the perfect contrast to Lombard's fragile but spunky heroine. The scope of the film is small--the story of two people in love who keep trying without success to make a life together--but everything about it is polished, expert, and ultimately very moving. Don't miss this one, ladies.


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