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No Marriage Ties (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 11 August 1933 (USA)
Foster is fired when he is found drunk in a bar instead of covering the biggest fight of the year. After finding that no one in town will hire him, he goes back to the bar and meets a man ... See full summary »


J. Walter Ruben


Arch Gaffney (from the play by "Ad Man"), Charles W. Curran (from the play by "Ad Man") | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Bruce Foster
Elizabeth Allan ... Peggy Wilson
Doris Kenyon ... Adrienne Deane
Alan Dinehart ... 'Perk' Perkins
David Landau ... Mr. Zimmer, Editor of 'The Reflector'
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Smith
Hilda Vaughn ... Fanny Olmstead, Foster's Secretary
Charles C. Wilson ... Red Moran, City Desk Editor (as Charles Wilson)


Foster is fired when he is found drunk in a bar instead of covering the biggest fight of the year. After finding that no one in town will hire him, he goes back to the bar and meets a man named Perkins who owns an ad agency. Tricky phrases are no problem for Foster so the firm grows rapidly and becomes Perkins and Foster. When Foster decides to get the Adrienne Deane Cosmetics account, he also lasoo's Adrienne which upsets his steady gal friend Peggy. Trouble comes to a head when Perkins decides to leave the agency as he believes that Foster is an unscrupulous ad man who sells dangerous items for money. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

11 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ad Man See more »

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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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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the film, the newspaper that Bruce Foster (Richard Dix) works for, and later fired from, is called "The Reflector." It's referred to by name in the dialogue and the masthead appears in one shot. Later in the film, however, in a scene between Foster and Zimmer (the newspaper's editor, played by David Landau), the publication is referred to as "The Chronicle." See more »


Bruce Foster: You're young. You have your whole life ahead of you. You know where you're going. Or, maybe you're a searcher. You're pursuing a career. You're busy. You're mired in decadence and sloth, just killing time, numbing your brain.
Bruce Foster: When are you going to marry? Start a family?
Peggy Wilson: Someday.
Bruce Foster: Someday? *Some*day? *Some*day may be too late.
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An unfocused drama touching on love without marriage and advertising ethics, but with excellent performances by the female stars.
5 February 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Very little of this film rings true, especially when sports reporter Richard Dix gets too drunk and forgets to cover the Dempsey-Tunney heavyweight championship fight, which his boss screams is the greatest news story since the armistice. For me, it put two strikes against the film right at the start. When sophisticated stranger Elizabeth Allan then takes Dix home and spends the night I knew the screenplay wasn't going to do much for realism. It's also loaded with stilted dialogue and it can't decide whether it is an exposé of bad advertising ethics or the perils of love without any marriage ties. On the other hand, I loved watching Elizabeth Allan and Doris Kenyon act. Allan steals the film as she becomes Dix's lover (this was a pre-code film) and is hired by him as an artist when he goes into the advertising business, using unethical ads to sell questionable products. Then Dix woos cosmetics magnate Kenyon to get her account at first, but later in ernest. Since Kenyon also gives an excellent performance, the female stars are good reasons to see this film.

Our forgetful filmmakers department: Dix and David Landau both worked for a newspaper called "The Reflector," but when they later discuss their past association, Dix calls it "The Chronicle."

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