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The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Director:

Stephen Roberts

Writers:

Anthony Veiller (screen play by), James Edward Grant (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Dr. Lawrence Bradford
Jean Arthur ... Paula Bradford
James Gleason ... Inspector Corrigan
Eric Blore ... Stokes, Bradford's Butler
Robert Armstrong ... Nick Martel (bookie)
Lila Lee ... Miss Prentiss, Bradford's Receptionist
Grant Mitchell ... John Summers, Luxury's Owner
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Mrs. Summers
Ralph Morgan ... Leroy Hutchins, Warcloud's Owner
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Hutchins
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Storyline

Relations between Dr. 'Brad' Bradford and ex-wife Paula are surprisingly romantic. They divorced because Brad hated being dragged into murder mysteries, to which mystery writer Paula is addicted. But through horse trainer Mike North, Brad is embroiled in the case of a jockey who died of "heart failure" during a race. As they pursue clues, Paula pursues Brad for remarriage, and assorted hoods pursue the Bradfords. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One to Two See more »

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Budget:

$369,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 19, 1939 with William Powell reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

The bite of a black widow spider is painful but rarely fatal. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lawrence Bradford: Hello, Brad!
Dr. Lawrence Bradford: Paula!
Paula Bradford: Darling!
[kiss]
Dr. Lawrence Bradford: Well! No need to ask how you are.
Paula Bradford: I'm fine anyway. How are you?
Dr. Lawrence Bradford: Why, I was all right. I thought you were in China. I hoped.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Roy Webb
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A thinly disguised "Thin Man"
16 October 2002 | by hmpulhamSee all my reviews

William Powell recreates, for RKO, his Nick Charles character, now as Dr. Bradford, M.D. and Jean Arthur substitutes as Nora. How did it work? very well! This film works because Powell and Arthur have terrific chemistry, and a crackerjack good comic-mystery script. The mystery is clever, and the humor urbane and lighthearted. If you have enjoyed "The Thin Man" films, do yourself a favor and see it. It's available on tape, and I suspect DVD also.


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