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Kept Husbands (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 22 February 1931 (USA)
Daughter of a wealthy family decides to marry a poor working man.


Lloyd Bacon


Louis Sarecky (by), Forrest Halsey (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Mackaill ... Dorothea 'Dot' Parker Brunton
Joel McCrea ... Richard 'Dick' Brunton
Ned Sparks ... Hughie Hanready
Mary Carr ... Mrs. Brunton
Clara Kimball Young ... Mrs. Henrietta Post
Robert McWade ... Arthur Parker
Bryant Washburn ... Charlie Bates
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Henrietta Parker
Freeman Wood ... Llewllyn Post


Daughter of a wealthy family decides to marry a poor working man.

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Bought Body and Soul For a Woman's Whim! (Print Ad- Edmonton Journal, ((Edmonton, Alta)) 2 May 1931) See more »


Drama | Romance



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Did You Know?


Mr. Parker says he will nominate Dick for the "Carnegie Medal". This is a real award established by the American industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1904 to recognize persons who perform extraordinary acts of heroism in civilian life. See more »


Arthur Parker: A man must be made of strong stuff not to let money spoil him. Don't let it spoil Dick.
Dorothea 'Dot' Parker Brunton: Money spoil Dick? Aw, don't be silly. It could never spoil Dick.
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The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Played at the wedding
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moralistic melo
24 February 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Although it's part of the Roan Group's "Pre-code Hollywood - the Risque Years" DVD series, this RKO second feature is bereft of any racy material or dialogue. It's just a simpleminded, routine morality play championing humility and hard work, with the occasional funny line at the expense of the idle rich. The primary benefit is seeing the ever-wry Ned Sparks rather unusually cast as a steelworker, the platitude-spouting "jiminy cricket" of the lead character. When he tests a cigar left behind in a posh business office, he comments "Connecticut wrapper -- asafetida filling". As all Indian food buffs know, asafetida (aka devil's dung) is a foul-smelling resin that must be stored in isolation lest it contaminate other foodstuffs with its rancor. Apparently, in the 30s, it was used as a folk medicine among the lower classes. Never underestimate the educational value of old movies!

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Release Date:

22 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El obrero y la millonaria 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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