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This Man Is Mine (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 13 April 1934 (USA)
Irene Dunne is married to Ralph Bellamy. Their union is comfortable but all that changes when Bellamy's old flame Constance Cummings comes back to town. Will the the thrill of loves past disrupt their happy home?


John Cromwell


Jane Murfin (screen play), Anne Morrison Chapin (from the play: "Love Flies in the Window")


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Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Tony Dunlap
Constance Cummings ... Francesca Harper
Ralph Bellamy ... Jim Dunlap
Kay Johnson ... Bee McCrae
Charles Starrett ... Jud McCrae
Vivian Tobin ... Rita
Sidney Blackmer ... Mort Holmes
Louis Mason ... Slim


Traveling among the upper class upstate New York scene, Tony and Jim Dunlap are happily married with a son, two year old Jeremy Dunlap. Most of their friends see Tony as the perfect wife in her unending support of Jim. What could rock their world is that Jim's ex-fiancée, proverbial man eater Fran Harper, the sister of one of their friends Jud McCrae, he and his wife Bee McCrae who don't much like her, has just gotten a Reno divorce and is said to be on her way back to cause trouble as Fran has not yet made the divorce public, but once it hits the media, it will lead to a circus atmosphere for Jim and by association Tony in the scandal all over again of Fran having left Jim at the altar six years ago, the full story of which Tony is unaware. Fran does end up coming back, bringing along with her a poor cad named Mort Holmes, who she picked up at a speakeasy along the way. Fran has indeed come back to cause trouble, more specifically to steal Jim away from Tony for her own selfish ... Written by Huggo

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THE STORY OF A WIFE WHO GAVE A LOVE THIEF TOO MUCH ROPE (Print ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany, NY)) 18 April 1934)


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Release Date:

13 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transient Love See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anne Morrison Chapin's play, "Love Flies in the Window," opened in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1933, but had no Broadway production. See more »


When Fran and Jim kiss for the first time, the camera pans down and then focuses a watch worn on Jim's left wrist. However, from the perspective of the character, the watch is being worn upside down - but is probably shown this way to the camera so we can see what time it is easier, as in the very next shot the camera pulls back on another wristwatch worn by another character to indicate the passage of time. See more »


Tony Dunlap: [panicked, about her husband, Jim, having an affair with Fran Harper] How can he put me through a thing like this? When I stop to think... I can't believe it.
Bee McCrae: Look here, Tony. You'd see Jim through pneumonia, typhoid or even something as loathsome as smallpox, wouldn't you?
Tony Dunlap: Yes.
Bee McCrae: Well, Fran is a sort of cross between a tidal wave and a smallpox epidemic, but she'll pass. Hah! Makes me positively literary with rage.
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(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
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Games of the Idle Rich
7 December 2007 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

The idle rich have little to occupy their time but playing cards and seducing each other's spouses. At least that is what the characters in "This Man is Mine" suggest. This short tired tale of marital infidelity, adapted from a play, retains its staginess and does not merit the presence of Irene Dunne in the central role. Despite her talent and beauty and voice, Dunne as Tony Dunlap fails to convince viewers that her character would try to save a worthless marriage to Jim Dunlap, played by Ralph Bellamy. Bellamy evidently has retained suppressed feelings for a former flame throughout his marriage to Dunne, with whom he has had a young son. When the former girlfriend arrives on the scene to rekindle her romance with Bellamy, the film's fragile grip on credibility crumbles. Although Constance Cummings as Francesca is an amusing conniving tart, the transparency of her character and motives makes Bellamy look like an utter idiot when he returns her advances. Viewers may be forgiven for shouting "you blithering fool" and throwing tomatoes at the screen when Bellamy falls for Cummings's tricks, especially when the other characters on screen easily see through her. Bellamy's character must have inherited wealth, because there was no way this gullible dimwit could make his way in the business world. As a father, he is ready to toss away his child for a shallow man hunter. He does not deserve Irene Dunne's attention, let alone her hand and devotion. By the final frame, "This Man is Mine" has descended into completely incredible nonsense. Only the performances of Dunne and Cummings and the handsome presence of future western star Charles Starrett offer any reason to see this annoying trifle.

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