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The Marriage Playground (1929)

A man and wife have several children from their previous marriages and now they want to get devorced. The kids don't want to be seperated and the oldest daughter and her boyfriend trys to keep them together.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

Doris Anderson (adaptation), Doris Anderson (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Brian ... Judith Wheater
Fredric March ... Martin Boyne
Lilyan Tashman ... Joyce Wheater
Huntley Gordon ... Cliff Wheater (as Huntly Gordon)
Kay Francis ... Lady Wrench
William Austin ... Lord Wrench
Seena Owen ... Rose Sellars
Philippe De Lacy ... Terry Wheater
Anita Louise ... Blanca Wheater
Mitzi Green ... Zinnie Wheater
Billy Seay Billy Seay ... Bun Wheater
Ruby Parsley Ruby Parsley ... Beatrice Wheater
Donald Smith Donald Smith ... Chip Wheater
Jocelyn Lee ... Sybil
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Aunt Julia Langley
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A man and wife have several children from their previous marriages and now they want to get devorced. The kids don't want to be seperated and the oldest daughter and her boyfriend trys to keep them together.

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Palm Beach love. The wedding march. The divorce judge's gavel. Who pays the piper? (Print Ad)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Órfãos do Divórcio See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »

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Remade as The Children (1990) See more »

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Fredric March surrounded by children disappoints
11 March 2014 | by hollywoodlegendSee all my reviews

I am eager to see all of Fredric March's pre-1940 films. Some of them are brilliant. Others are just OK, but his performance is always top-notch, regardless of the material. Or so I thought. If this were the first time someone was seeing March, they would never know he was a professional actor.

Mary Brian plays March's college friend's daughter. A series of marriages and divorces has left a large collection of children in her primary care. She is only seventeen. After a whacky meeting on the beach, the young girl and the kids are all smitten with March. However, March's character is engaged to a widow he has allegedly loved for a long time. You see where this is going. The age difference is supposed to seem acceptable, though March initially protests, and viewers are left to see which woman he finally chooses to marry.

If you want to see young Mitzi Green, with her loud mouth, or young Anita Louise, you might enjoy this film. Lilyan Tashman always turned in a good performance when playing a villain. The delightful Kay Francis is less than enjoyable here though. Mary Brian is probably the best performer in the cast, but I didn't like her character. March's devotion to the children seems unnatural, and I couldn't see him as a believable husband to either woman. I came in wanting to like this film, but after viewing it, I don't understand the good reviews it got at the time.


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