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The Secret Bride (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 22 December 1934 (USA)
Before Ruth Vincent, daughter of a state governor, and state attorney general Robert Sheldon can announce their marriage, the governor is accused of bribe-taking. To avoid the appearance of... See full summary »


William Dieterle


Leonard Ide (play), Tom Buckingham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Ruth Vincent
Warren William ... Robert Sheldon
Glenda Farrell ... Hazel Normandie
Grant Mitchell ... Willis Martin
Arthur Byron ... Governor W.H. Vincent
Henry O'Neill ... Jim Lansdale
Douglass Dumbrille ... Dave Breeden (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Police Lt. Tom Nigard
Willard Robertson ... Representative Grosvenor
William B. Davidson ... Representative McPherson (as William Davidson)
Russell Hicks ... John F. Holdstock
Vince Barnett ... Drunk in Diner


Before Ruth Vincent, daughter of a state governor, and state attorney general Robert Sheldon can announce their marriage, the governor is accused of bribe-taking. To avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, they decide to keep their marriage secret. The political intrigue becomes more involved, and no one is quite what they seem. Soon Sheldon and Ruth must decide between saving the governor's career and an innocent person's life. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The $10,000 in supposed bribe money would equate to about $186,000 in 2018. See more »


When Ruth goes to Robert's office after witnessing the debate in the state legislature, she tells him she has just returned from the Senate, not the House, where she had been watching the proceeding. See more »


Referenced in Things You Never See on the Screen (1935) See more »


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That's What Special Prosecutors Are For
29 May 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Secret Bride is one of those films with a completely artificial issue. If only Warren William and Barbara Stanwyck were completely open about their marriage this whole plot wouldn't have happened. But he's the state attorney general and she's the daughter of Governor Arthur Aylesworth. The two are married secretly and keep it that way thinking it helps Aylesworth avoid charges of impropriety.

In fact Aylesworth is facing charges of improprieties, taking bribes and kickbacks. William has to investigate. But the investigation blows up when his own man Douglass Dumbrille is killed and his girl friend Glenda Farrell is arrested for his murder. Barbara knows something that can clear Farrell, but is also concerned about her father's fate as well.

The real story of Dumbrille's death and the charges against Aylesworth is a rather intricately connected set of circumstances that only make sense in the end. I don't want to go into any of it lest I spoil your appetite for the rest of the story.

Glenda is quite good as the street smart dame who in reality turns out to be a true innocent. In fact there is a master villain who is a real puppetmaster in this whole affair.

The one thing that struck me in this whole affair is that if a special prosecutor law had been in place, one would have been appointed and there would be no film. This is why there are such laws. Also if like in New York, the Attorney General was an independent elected official, Warren and Barbara would have been free to keep the marriage open.

And there would be no need for Barbara to be The Secret Bride.

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