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Runaway Bride (1930)

A young socialite and a rich playboy elope to Atlantic City. However, she soon realizes he's not the man she wants him to be and tries to call off the wedding. A jewelry store robbery, murder and other mayhem are soon involved.


Donald Crisp


H.H. Van Loan (play), Lolita Ann Westman (play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Mary Gray - aka Sally Fairchild
Lloyd Hughes ... George Edward Blaine
Paul Hurst ... Sergeant Daly
David Newell ... Richard 'Dick' Mercer
Natalie Moorhead ... Clara Muldoon
Edgar Norton ... Williams - Blaine's Butler
Francis McDonald ... Barney Black


A young socialite and a rich playboy elope to Atlantic City. However, she soon realizes he's not the man she wants him to be and tries to call off the wedding. A jewelry store robbery, murder and other mayhem are soon involved.

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High Speed Romance Moves With Scorching Pace of a Six Star Edition Virile, Alive, Crackling with Hot News (Print Ad- Meriden Record,((Meriden, Conn.)) 7 June 1930) See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cooking Her Goose See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final film directed by Donald Crisp. Although he was a prolific director of silent films, this was the only sound film that he ever directed. From this point onwards, he worked exclusively as an actor until his retirement after the filming of Spencer's Mountain (1963). See more »


When Mary (posing as Sally, the new cook) arrives at Blaine's house in the rain, her coat and hat are almost completely dry. Then, when the butler shows her in to meet Blaine, Mary's hat and coat show considerable areas of wetness. See more »


Sergeant Daly: [Blaine has handed Daly his business card; he reads it, sneeringly] "George Edward Blaine, Wall Street"... You know what I think?
George Edward Blaine: I don't think you've got brains enough to think anything!
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Lovable and Sweet
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
(originally for Street Girl (1929))
Played during opening credits by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
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How to Marry Mary Astor
8 May 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Wealthy young Mary Astor (as Mary Gray) and tall playboy David Newell (as Richard "Dick" Mercer, Jr.) leave New York for Atlantic City, intending to elope. But, when Mr. Newell says he'd rather travel than work, Ms. Astor gets cold feet. Newell locks her in their hotel room, hoping a scandal about the couple running off and not marrying will make Astor change her mind. But, Astor prefers likewise attractive Lloyd Hughes (as George Edward Blaine), who is not only more responsible, but also rich.

While Astor is locked in her hotel room, a jewel thief enters through the window and secretly stashes some pearls in her handbag. The thief dies in a shoot-out, while Astor screams. Then, lead thug Francis McDonald (as Barney Black) arrives, looking for the jewels, which are secretly stolen by moll and maid Natalie Moorhead (as Clara Muldoon). Local lawman Paul Hurst (as Daly) investigates. Astor is wanted by the police, then kidnapped and molested by thugs. Mr. Hughes must save her in time…

This thick-plotted "talkie" was directed by actor Donald Crisp, who did some impressive work with D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Buster Keaton. Though a success directing silent films, Mr. Crisp decided to concentrate solely on acting, after turning in one all-talking film. This turned out remarkably well, in the long run. "The Runaway Bride" does have some good locations, featuring 1920s automobiles - those old tires wore out quickly. Astor has a fun rapport with Hughes and Newell.

***** The Runaway Bride (5/4/30) Donald Crisp ~ Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes, David Newell, Paul Hurst

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