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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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Taglines:

The Girl Who Married To Get Away from Love! (Print Ad- Daily Argus, ((Mount Vernon, NY)) 3 December 1931) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Carmel Myers was considered for the role of Elaine but, after a halt in production, Myrna Loy was cast in that role instead. See more »

Goofs

When Steve returns to the newspaper after being in jail, as he is walking through the newsroom, a shadow of the camera following him falls across a column in the foreground. See more »

Connections

References Night Nurse (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Devotion
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Myles Connolly
Played on piano and sung by Irene Dunne
Reprised on piano later by Lester Vail
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Looking for Fire and Finding Milk
22 July 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Shopkeeper Irene Dunne (as Mary Brown) is in love with pianist Lester Vail (as Aubrey). Sports writer Pat O'Brien (as Steve Porter) expects to marry his high school "Juliet" Myrna Loy (as Elaine). Alas, Ms. Dunne and Mr. O'Brien lose their lovers to more well-heeled partners. Then, Dunne and O'Brien meet, get drunk, and bond in friendship as a cut-rate "Bonnie and Clyde" during a wild evening. Thinking any reconciliation with their true loves is impossible, Dunne and O'Brien decide to get married. Their "Consolation Marriage" is agreed to be an "open" one, but a child keeps O'Brien home and sober more often. Then, the marriages of Mr. Vail and Ms. Loy end - and, they want Dunne and O'Brien back... Predictable and unattractive, with some emphasis on the latter.

**** Consolation Marriage (10/13/31) Paul Sloane ~ Irene Dunne, Pat O'Brien, John Halliday, Myrna Loy


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