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The Bride Walks Out (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 July 1936 (USA)
Extremely proud, Michael Martin made fashion model Carolyn quit her job, after their marriage. Carolyn quickly, quietly and secretly did get another job, when she realizes Michael cannot successfully make their financial ends meet, alone.


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P.J. Wolfson (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Carolyn Martin
Gene Raymond ... Michael Martin
Robert Young ... M. Hugh McKenzie
Ned Sparks ... Paul Dodson
Helen Broderick ... Mattie Dodson
Willie Best ... Smokie
Robert Warwick ... Mr. McKenzie
Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Donovan
Wade Boteler ... Field Chief of Alliance Engineering Corp.
Hattie McDaniel ... Mamie - Carolyn's Maid (as Hattie McDaniels)


Carolyn and Michael fall in love and decide to marry. However, Michael insists that Carolyn quit her job. She immediately realizes that he cannot make financial ends meet on their salary alone, so she gets another job & tries keeping it a secret, from him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

10 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carolyn veut divorcer See more »


Box Office


$289,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film did well at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $164,000 ($2.9M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »


Michael tells the cab driver to take him to Pier 48, North River (i.e. Hudson River). However, when Carolyn, Hugh, Paul and Mattie arrive, there is a large sign indicating it's Pier 21. See more »


Mamie - Carolyn's maid: Can't see why white men folks don't want their women folks to work. I had to git to work the minute I got married. My husband retired with the Marriage Certificate.
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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
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$35 a Week Can't Buy a Good Script
15 July 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bride Walks Out, The (1936)

** (out of 4)

Disappointing film from RKO has Barbara Stanwyck playing fashion model Carolyn who is courted by a blue collar working man (Gene Raymond). The two are married and he forces her to quit her job as he thinks they can survive on his $35-a-week paycheck but soon she goes to work behind his back and is courted by a rich man (Robert Young) who is in love with her. THE BRIDE WALKS OUT starts off pretty flat and just continues to go downhill from there. Despite the good cast there's really no life in this comedy-drama for a number of reasons but the biggest has to be the lack of chemistry between Stanwyck and Raymond. Not for a second did they feel like a real married couple and throughout the movie I had a hard time believing these two people would ever actually be together. Another problem is the screenplay, which for some reason makes the husband out to be the dumbest man I've seen from any Hollywood film of the 1930s. I watch dozens, if not hundreds, of films from this era and for the life of me I was struggling to come up with a dumber male character. The film has a very sexist attitude about it, which goes against many of the roles Stanwyck played throughout the decade but there are several bits of dialogue where it's said that for a man to be "manly" that he should hit a woman. Add on more sexist stuff including the fact that he doesn't believe women should work and that he's constantly doing and saying one dumb thing after another, the viewer really can't help but hate the guy and want to see Stanwyck get away from him. The one good thing in the film is the chemistry between Stanwyck and Young but you'll be disappointed in how the screenplay plays this off in the end but what's an even bigger head-scratcher is that it's never really explained why Young becomes such a vital part in her life. Ned Sparks tries to add some comic relief and fails and film buffs will also enjoy seeing Hattie McDaniel and Billy Gilbert in small roles. You can also quickly see Willie Best at a court sequence but he's not given a single line of dialogue. This attractive cast might make fans tune in when the film is shown on TCM but you're bound to be disappointed.

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