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Double Harness (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 1933 (USA)
A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), Edward Poor Montgomery (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Joan Colby
William Powell ... John Fletcher
Lucile Browne ... Valerie Colby Moore
Henry Stephenson ... Colonel Sam Colby
Lilian Bond ... Monica Page
George Meeker ... Dennis Moore
Reginald Owen ... Freeman
Kay Hammond ... Eleanor Weston
Leigh Allen Leigh Allen ... Leonard Weston
Hugh Huntley Hugh Huntley ... Farley Drake
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Postmaster General
Fred Santley Fred Santley ... Bruno (as Fredric Santley)
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Storyline

A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

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love | playboy | theater | snitch | ship | See All (29) »

Taglines:

Men who believe in love without marriage - Women who believe in marriage without love - LIFE WON'T LET YOU GET AWAY WITH IT! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A doppia briglia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$329,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$493,000
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $5,000 in total Col. Colby says he has set aside for Joan and Valerie to be used for both their weddings would equate to about $92,000 in 2016. See more »

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Shadow of the camera moves across pillars as Joan and her father walk through the dress shop. See more »

Quotes

Valerie Colby: But how can you even think of marrying him if you don't love him?
Joan Colby: Love? Marriage has nothing to do with love. Marriage is a business - at least, it's a woman's business. And love is an emotion. A man doesn't let emotion interfere with *his* business, and if more women would learn not to let emotion interfere with *theirs*, fewer of them would end up in the divorce court.
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Aloha Oe
(1908) (uncredited)
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Her Marriage Theory
5 April 2007 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Melodramatic romance about Joan (played by Ann Harding), a woman who strongly believes that marriage is "a business" and decides that a playboy of her acquaintance, John Fletcher (William Powell), a man with a "future" (not to mention a well-trained manservant) is the one for her. She actually falls in love with him, in spite of herself, but he's all playboy and doesn't seem to want to give up the bachelor life. She decides to trick him into marriage by going to his apartment, then changing into "something cooler", after which her father shows up, and for some reason Fletcher agrees to marriage. Well, they're already discussing divorce on the honeymoon and decide to wait six months before they get it. Joan is meanwhile busy pressing her husband to work on making his business a success and give up the polo (even though he's not very ambitious and has stated he prefers the life of leisure).

Well, this is an interesting, fairly serious film that stands out based on very well done performances by Ann Harding and William Powell. The flaw for me in the film is that I find the male character to be kind of a jerk and can't really see why she's so gung-ho to want this man - personally, I would take a decent, nice guy any day over a wealthy playboy who's always chasing after other women. In general, I would say this woman has been making some pretty poor choices in her life. But one bonus - the film is loaded with gorgeous dresses on all the women, a nice look at some fashions of the day. A decent film, worth seeing.


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