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The Gay Bride (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 14 December 1934 (USA)
After the adversary of a bootlegger has him killed, he takes up with his widow, a gold-digging chorus girl, but a handsome bodyguard is also determined to win her over.


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Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Mary Magiz
Chester Morris ... Jimmie 'Office Boy' Burnham
Zasu Pitts ... Mirabelle
Leo Carrillo ... Mickey 'The Greek' Mikapopoulis
Nat Pendleton ... William T. 'Shoots' Magiz
Sam Hardy ... Daniel J. Dingle
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... MacPherson - the Lawyer


Gangster Shoots Magiz is the producer of the show in which Mary is appearing. She marries him even though she can't stand a thing about him, knowing that in his business he may not be around for long. She's right. A series of loves and deaths ensues. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MARRIAGE Was her Business..And She Carved Her Career With a Chisel! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 18 January 1935)


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Release Date:

14 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Repeal See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Monday 10 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Philadelphia Tuesday 9 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in New Haven CT it first aired 23 July 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Altoona PA 6 August 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Seattle 17 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in both Portland OR and Norfolk VA 21 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8) and on WTAR (Channel 3), in Baltimore 3 November 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Tampa 24 January 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8), and in Cincinnati 15 March 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5); it San Francisco it was finally shown 19 January 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). There is no reliable documentation that it was ever telecast in New York City or Chicago at this time, although it would have been in the MGM package then under the control of WCBS (Channel 2) and WBBM (Channel 2) in those locations. See more »


The story is supposedly taking place in New York City, but during the automobile chase near the end of the film the principals in their Mercedes drive up Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, passing the Mayflower Hotel and in and out of the Grand Central Garage. In another scene they pop into a hotel lobby with Hotel Stowell, located on South Spring Street, in Los Angeles, in the background. See more »


Mary Magiz: If your the minister, this is still your room.
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The two leads make it worth watching
30 October 2011 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Chester Morris is "Office Boy," a sort of assistant to Nat Pendleton's head gangster. Pendleton has the hots for chorus girl Carole Lombard and is eventually persuaded (not easily!) to marry her.

The relationship between Office Boy and Lombard's Mary hovers between unfriendly and hostile for the majority of the picture, and is well summed up by the wedding gift with which Office Boy presents her: a chisel! Yes, Mary is strictly out for the money, and poor boy Morris—a loyal employee but nobody's fool—lets her know that he sees through her phony hysterics and overblown romantic antics. –Well, it's pretty obvious from this point that the situation, shall we say, is bound to develop.

The plot isn't much. Lombard's character is unsympathetic, at times downright annoying. The supporting cast frustrates, too: Leo Carillo's Greek gangster butchers English pronunciation but is more irritating than funny or sinister, and Zasu Pitts is only given one good scene in what could have been an ideal role for her as Lombard's friend and confidante. Pendleton is energetic but dumber than you'd think a mob boss could possibly be.

So when things really do start to pop, it's difficult to throw your sympathies, much less belief, behind what's happening. However, Carole Lombard successfully pulls it off: her early hamming is only a setup for her excellent late scenes in which her character's genuine warmth pushes aside the cold-hearted faker previously on display. We can almost believe that Morris's character would actually fall for her. Morris, by the way, is excellent throughout—a straight man among caricatures, he holds his own and is never overshadowed.

It's kind of a silly movie, certainly uneven and not close to entirely successful in the way it veers back and forth between comedy and melodrama. But as a fan of both Lombard and Morris, I wouldn't want to miss it. Ultimately, neither star disappoints.

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