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Consolation Marriage (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 21 November 1931 (USA)
In prohibition-era Manhattan, shopkeeper Mary Brown loses Aubrey, her childhood sweetheart, when he marries a rich woman. Reporter Steve "Rollo" Porter has lost -his- childhood sweetheart, ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Sloane

Writers:

Bill Cunningham (by), Humphrey Pearson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Mary Brown Porter
Pat O'Brien ... Steve Porter
John Halliday ... Jeff Hunter
Myrna Loy ... Elaine Brandon
Lester Vail ... Aubrey
Matt Moore ... The Colonel
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Storyline

In prohibition-era Manhattan, shopkeeper Mary Brown loses Aubrey, her childhood sweetheart, when he marries a rich woman. Reporter Steve "Rollo" Porter has lost -his- childhood sweetheart, Elaine, who has also married another. Mary and Steve become friends, and make a marriage of convenience, based on a shared sense of whimsical humor as well as their mutual losses. When their old loves re-enter their lives a few years later, Mary and Steve must decide what is really important to them. Written by Molly Malloy

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Married in Haste See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The $50 Mary and Steve spend to spontaneously buy the puppy at the dog show would be equal to $782 in 2015. See more »

Goofs

After Mary and Steve's wedding, as the camera is following them to their taxi, crew and equipment, including a stepladder, can be seen reflected in the limo's left rear window which is partially rolled down. And, as is the case in many films, the limo's polished finish has been dulled to matte to prevent reflections. See more »

Connections

References A Woman of Experience (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz #15 in A flat major: 'Lullaby', Op.39
(1865) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played during opening credits and at fadeout
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The Consolation Here Is That Both Leads Went On To Far Better Things
4 October 2004 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Since I first saw "The Awful Truth," Irene Dunne has been one of the few performers whose presence in a movie will make me watch it. No matter what.

This one is a real case of no matter what.

(For the record, the others include Jean Harlow, Jean Arthur, and Constance Bennett.)

This is a women's picture, directed at a snail's pace.

In it, Ms. Dunne sports an exceptionally unflattering hair design, which makes her virtually unrecognizable as the star of such classics as the above-mentioned "Awful Truth," Theodora Goes Wild," and "Showboat."

She looks like Edna May Oliver. She looks like Eleanor Roosevelt (my greatest heroine of the past two or three hundred years but hardly a beauty.)

In this poky tale, Dunne actually leaves her child briefly. The child is indeed pudgy and very unappealing but women must have stalked out of theaters at that point.

She and Pat O'Brien are not the most likely of couples but they are meant in the plot not to be. They are certainly more believable than Dunne and Spencer Tracy in unendurable "A Guy Named Joe."


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