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The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | 23 July 1932 (USA)
A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Arthur Stringer (story "The Mud Lark"), Robert Lord (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Gordon
George Brent ... Jim Gilson
Lyle Talbot ... Eddie Fields
Hardie Albright ... Don Leslie
David Landau ... Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell ... Forgan
Leila Bennett ... Emily
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Storyline

Torch singer Joan Gordon, tiring of her relationship with small-time hood and racketeer Eddie Fields, flees to Montreal and becomes the mail-order bride of down-to-earth farmer Jim Gilson. Their chance for happiness is threatened by Gilson's own stubborness, a lecherous neighbor and the reappearance of Fields. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She took another woman's place on her wedding night..!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mud Lark See more »

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Budget:

$202,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first film where Barbara Stanwyck sings on screen. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara Stanwick gets off the train in North Dakota the terrain is very mountainous. North Dakota is on the Great Plains - very flat. See more »

Quotes

Bull McDowell: Look at her blush! Colorin' up like a tomato.
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Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

(With You on My Mind, I Find) I Can't Write the Words
Written by Gerald Marks and Buddy Fields
Played as dance music and sung by an uncredited tenor in the opening scene
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Pre-Code Stanwyck
16 March 2012 | by TheFamilyBerzurcherSee all my reviews

Wellman seems to work in extremes. He either makes a broad, difficult piece of social criticism (HEROES FOR SALE). Or he makes something that does little to challenge the audience. THE PURCHASE PRICE is, unfortunately, the latter of the two.

It does have some moments. The pre-code circumstances encourage some rough violence at times and do allow for a more complicated relationship between Stanwyck and Brent. Brent is one ideal counterpart for Stanwyck's iron will. She always seemed too smart and shrewd to be a real sexpot, but Brent can bend through that and get some genuine feeling out of her. Something by which some much better actors are defeated.

Wellman isn't particularly adept at photographing Stanwyck, although the pictures of her against the expansive farming landscape are Fordian. When not worrying about photographing ladies, the pictures are very clear and beautiful for 1932. The restoration also deserves credit for the wonderful preservation of imagery.

THE PURCHASE PRICE says little and does so with nice pictures. It's always a joy to watch young Stanwyck, especially in her Pre-Code years. You might not learn anything, but you will see one version of love come to life.

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