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Forsaking All Others (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 December 1934 (USA)
Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play), Frank Cavett (from the play by) (as Frank Morgan Cavett) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Dillon Todd
Joan Crawford ... Mary Clay
Clark Gable ... Jeff Williams
Charles Butterworth ... Shemp
Billie Burke ... Aunt Paula
Frances Drake ... Connie Barnes Todd
Rosalind Russell ... Eleanor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... (scenes deleted)
Margaret Bert ... (scenes deleted)
Edward Brophy ... (scenes deleted)
Lillian Harmer ... (scenes deleted)
Forrester Harvey ... (scenes deleted)
Ted Healy ... (scenes deleted)
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Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Herz ist zu verschenken See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 1 March 1933 and had 110 performance. Tallulah Bankhead played Mary Clay and the cast included Ilka Chase, Barbara O'Neil, Cora Witherspoon, Fred Keating, Anderson Lawler, Harlan Briggs and George Lessey. See more »

Goofs

When Mary shows Jeff a picture of the three of them as kids, it's a photo of children with the three star's adult pictures obviously pasted on their bodies - Mary even has on lipstick. Though they did at least use a picture of Gable without a mustache. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey 'Jeff': You know, between the two of us, we managed to get one man undressed.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits the three stars of the film, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Robert Montgomery are seen walking hand in hand. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Row Row Row Your Boat
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Sung a cappella at various times by Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford and Charles Butterworth
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A very good 1930's romantic comedy
14 November 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This is one of the several movies that Joan Crawford made with Clark Gable, and fortunately quite a few of them (maybe all) have made it to at least DVD-R via the Warner Archive. This is one of the best the two did together. It's a romantic comedy in which Joan plays socialite Mary Clay, who is about to marry lifelong acquaintance Dillon Todd (Robert Montgomery). Clark Gable plays another of Mary's lifelong friends, Jeff Williams. Jeff has been long away from home and decides to come back just to ask Mary to marry him, unaware that Mary is about to marry Dillon. When he learns about their upcoming marriage he decides to keep his feelings to himself, although the look he has as if having been punched in the stomach when he hears the news says it all. Robert Montgomery is playing the usual harmless playboy character here that he did so much of in the early 1930's. It looks like Mary and Dillon's marriage is about to go off without a hitch until one of Dillon's old girlfriends appears on the scene.

This film was released about six months after the precode era ended, so there is nothing really racey going on here. About the most extreme thing you will see is Robert Montgomery in a dress. However, W.S. Van Dyke is the director of this film, and he knew how to combine sexual tension and comedy in an age of aggressive censorship, and this is a fine example of his work. I highly recommend it to fans of films of the 1930's.


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