A wealthy New York socialite falls for and marries a cowboy while out West. Her father disinherits her, and after trying to make a go of it as a cowboy's wife, they agree to divorce and she...
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A wealthy New York socialite falls for and marries a cowboy while out West. Her father disinherits her, and after trying to make a go of it as a cowboy's wife, they agree to divorce and she returns back east to her family. However, she soon changes her mind and determines to get her husband back. Written by
After its release, the original nitrate negative and fine grain prints were given to Mary Roberts Rinehart. She had a 16mm safety print made from the 35mm negative so she could see the film and then junked the negative. Over the years, it was believed that only her 16mm print had survived, but in fact the studio's 35mm print was safely stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which used it to preserve the film in 2016. See more »
The presence of two screen legends, Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard, starring in
I Take This Woman make this film one earmarked for preservation and fortunately
it was not lost to us. They did two films for Paramount, the later one is Now And
Forever and also starred Shirley Temple. Because of Shirley it's far better known
and the two stars were slightly better served.
Carole Lombard is a notorious heiress and flirt who keeps winding up on what
would have been page 6 back in the day of the tabloids. No doubt Walter Winchell has written numerous columns on her various escapades and it's
decided by both her father and Charles Trowbridge and ever available suitor
Lester Vail that she should marry or take time at the family ranch out in the
west. As Vail is earnest but dull, Lombard takes the ranch.
Where she sees something new she likes, lean and lanky cowboy Gary Cooper.
She marries him for spite and dear old dad disinherits. Soon she's living on his
I don't think that I have to go any further. Anyone who has seen a gazillion films from the studio era like I have can predict this one. In fact a lot of the
same story Gary Cooper did with Merle Oberon for Sam Goldwyn in The Cowboy And The Lady. Maybe this one should have had a lighter touch like
the other film.
Both stars are cast quite comfortably in roles that fit them. Other than their
presence there's not all that much to recommend I Take This Woman. Both
were capable of and did better.
Still I'm glad this film was rescued and restored.
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