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Picture Brides (1934)

Four "Picture Brides", from New Orleans, arrive in the Brazilian jungle on a riverboat, brought there to marry workers at Lottagrasso, a remote mining site of the Standard Diamond ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Mackaill ... Mame Smith
Regis Toomey ... Dave Hart
Dorothy Libaire ... Mary Lee
Alan Hale ... Von Luden
Will Ahern Will Ahern ... 'Brownie' Brown
Fred Malatesta ... Castro
Mary Kornman ... Mataeo Rogers
Esther Muir ... Flo Lane - Bleach-Blond Bride
Gladys Ahern Gladys Ahern ... Laoma
Mae Busch ... Gwen - British Bride
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... 'Doc' Rogers
Viva Tattersall ... Lena - European Bride
Al Hill ... Steve - Detective
Michael Visaroff ... Pete
Brooks Benedict ... Bill Town


Four "Picture Brides", from New Orleans, arrive in the Brazilian jungle on a riverboat, brought there to marry workers at Lottagrasso, a remote mining site of the Standard Diamond Mines.Also on the boat with the four "mail-order" brides (Americans Mame Smith, Flo Lane, and Gwen from England and Lena from Europe) is Mary Lee, a frightened and innocent girl, who has come to see the mine's brutal supervisor, Von Luden , about a job. Knowing von Luden's inhuman reputation, Mame transfers the photo assigning her to Dave Hart, to Mary's Identification card. Castro, the mail-runner, delivers a letter to von Luden informing him that Hart, his partner, is wanted in the United States on an embezzlement charge. Mame, in order to protect Mary, presents herself as a job applicant while Mary is introduced to Dave and his fellow supervisors (Pete, Joe and Bill) as a bride applicant. Dave rescues Mary from a lustful and brutish attack by von Luden. Pretty Mataeo Rogers, half-breed daughter of the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A tale of tropical lust!


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Release Date:

24 April 1934 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

M.H. Hoffman Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The location is Brazil, but the natives speak Spanish, not Portuguese. See more »


Mame Smith: [entering Lottograsso] What a place! Maybe we booked for a circus instead of matrimony.
Gwen, British bride: My word! There isn't anything here but tattooed women and snake charmers!
Mame Smith: We're the snake charmers, baby, if you get what I mean.
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Mackaill always makes the best of a bad situation
26 February 2002 | by tashmanSee all my reviews

What happens to Dorothy Mackaill in this cheaply made THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED wanna-be, PICTURE BRIDES could serve as a metaphor for Miss Mackaill's film career by 1933. I loved her in SAFE IN HELL, a film of similar genre/atmosphere (tho the similarities end there), and delighted as I was to find her humor, beauty, and charm intact, she plays a role of surprisingly little consequence. It is simpering Dorothy Libaire as the misunderstood innocent (or is she?), and a cranky Regis Toomey standing up to diamond-mine skullduggery who snap up the main focus. Our gal Mackaill (appropriately named "Mame" here) immediately establishes herself as the best person to have around in a tough situation, what with her high self-esteem and her big heart of mush, and thank God she's along for the ride, because she's one early talkie actress who could usually be relied upon to keep things moving. There are other brides: tougher-than-thou Esther Muir, colorfully-named Viva Tattersall, and the always welcome, ever popular Mae Busch -- and the choppy picture could have used more of them! What we get is a lot of drinking in a tale of dangerous male frustration, and when man can't get what he thinks he deserves, he goes after the first local girl to don the latest fashions and a pair of swell pumps. Of course, local girl isn't dressed to the nines for ten minutes before she can't resist tossing her head in that provocative manner in the direction of the first dangerous, frustrated male to pay her a second look. While the local girl (a sincere if unlikely turn for QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE serial star/former Our Gang member Mary Kornman) and frustrated man (ever versatile Alan Hale, Sr., in a sort of "anti-Sargent Schultz" turn) provide a hasty, tawdry plot-twist, it is an effectively grave performance by character man Harvey Clark as the girl's father that makes the sub-plot credible. If you like your B pictures on the seamy side, PICTURE BRIDES has something for you.

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