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The Wedding Night (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Connecticut. While he is finding a theme for ... See full summary »


King Vidor


Edwin H. Knopf (an original story by) (as Edwin Knopf), Edith Fitzgerald (screen play)

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Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Tony Barrett
Anna Sten ... Manya Novak
Ralph Bellamy ... Fredrik Sobieski
Helen Vinson ... Dora Barrett
Sig Ruman ... Mr. Jan Novak (as Siegfried Rumann)
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Kaise Novak
Leonid Snegoff Leonid Snegoff ... Sobieski
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Mrs. Sobieski (as Elinor Wesselhoeft)
Milla Davenport Milla Davenport ... Grandmother
Agnes Anderson ... Helena
Hilda Vaughn ... Hezzie Jones
Walter Brennan ... Bill Jenkins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alphonse Martell Alphonse Martell ... Waiter (scenes deleted)


Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Connecticut. While he is finding a theme for his book on the lives and customs of the local, immigrant tobacco farmers, his wife returns to New York and, alas, his Japanese servant deserts him. He meets a neighboring farm girl, Manya Novak, and hires her to cook his meals and clean his house. They soon fall in love. But, following the customs of the old country, her father has entered a 'marriage bargain' for her to wed a man, Fredrik Sobieski, not of her choosing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Wedding Night - and what a night! See more »


Drama | Romance


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English | Polish

Release Date:

8 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Nupcial See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording: The Voice of Action)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edwin Knopf, who wrote the original story for "The Wedding Night," was a close friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald and based the characters played by Gary Cooper and Helen Vinson on Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. See more »


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Mr. Jan Novak: Well, I don't know how you walk, but you fall pretty good!
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21 July 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Nothing gets a woman's heart pumping a little quicker than an early Gary Cooper movie, and The Wedding Night from 1935 is no exception.

Cooper is writer Tony Barratt - think F. Scott Fitzgerald - whose publisher doesn't want his next book and tells him whatever he had, he's lost it. So he and his wife Dora (Helen Vinson) take off for an inherited country home.

Tony becomes intrigued by the family of Polish émigrés who live nearby, particularly the beautiful daughter, Manya Novak (Sten).

Okay, here is something that confuses me. My friends are of Polish descent. They called their sister Mary Manya. So far, so good.

This family's last name is Novak. That's Czech.

And they say Dasvidaniya, which is Russian. Go figure.

Back to the story. After the father (Sig Ruman) buys a field from Tony for $5,000, Dora wants to hightail it back to New York, now that they have some money. Tony decides to stay. He begins writing a book about the family.

He and Manya fall in love, though it's unconsummated. She is engaged to Fredrik Sobieski (Ralph Bellamy) a real bumpkin, whom she doesn't love. When she decides not to marry him, her father has a fit, and the engagement is back on. Meanwhile, Tony wants a divorce.

Bittersweet film with lovely performances by Cooper and Sten. Cooper in the beginning is immaculate in a suit, and he and Dora are part of the high-class social set. He did play many sophisticated roles in the '30s, but Mr. Deeds and westerns would follow. Instead of strong and silent, here he's animated and romantic.

This film was apparently supposed to introduce Anna Sten to American audiences. Sam Goldwyn wanted to build her up as the next Garbo. I don't know about you, but I don't remember Greta Garbo playing a farmer with dowdy clothes. If he was going to build her up, why not showcase her beauty? She was beautiful, and her acting is very good. To me she hasn't the presence of Garbo or Dietrich, but I think Goldwyn could have given her better treatment.

Helen Vinson really has the strongest role, and she was up to it.

Very poignant story, directed by King Vidor, and beautifully photographed.

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