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Love Before Breakfast (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 March 1936 (USA)
A rich businessman stalks another man's fiancée.



(screenplay), (from the novel: "Spinster Dinner" by)

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Complete credited cast:
... Kay Colby
... Scott Miller
... Bill Wadsworth
... Mrs. Colby
... Countess Campanella
... Brinkerhoff
... Chief Steward
... Mary Lee
... Party Host
... Secretary (as Diane Gibson)


A rich businessman stalks another man's fiancée.

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Release Date:

9 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spinster Dinner  »

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Sound Mix:

(Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the short story "Spinster Dinner" by Faith Baldwin published in Heart's International-Cosmopolitan magazine in the July, 1934 issue. See more »


About 5 minutes into the movie, a horse-drawn taxi backs into a car & damages it's left headlight but in the next scene, it is the right headlight that is damaged & even more so. See more »


Brinkerhoff: I tell you, the girl loves you. You don't think she cares anything about this Wadsworth, do you? Now the smart thing to do is just what she doesn't expect. Instead of being sore about him, uh, take the opposite tact. Make him your pal. Build him up. Give him a better job. Take every obstacle out of their way so she can't have the slightest excuse *not* to marry him. And then, watch her squirm.
Scott Miller: How do you know so much about women?
Brinkerhoff: I'm a bachelor.
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Card after ending credits: "Thank You" See more »


Referenced in Pennies from Heaven (1981) See more »


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LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (Walter Lang, 1936) **1/2
5 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Having now watched Universal’s CAROLE LOMBARD: THE GLAMOUR COLLECTION in its entirety, I can say that of the 6 films included two are classics – HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935) and TRUE CONFESSION (1937) – two more are lesser efforts but still delightful – WE’RE NOT DRESSING (1934) and THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (1936) – while the remaining two titles are essentially routine and wouldn’t have stood a chance had they been released on their own (the set being devoid of any substantial extras, they could then be considered as such).

That is not to say that this particular vehicle (which I wasn’t familiar with) isn’t a pleasant diversion per se – at 70 minutes, it’s certainly innocuous enough; still, comparing it to the comic gems on offer in this set, it definitely comes up lacking! To begin with, there’s nothing remotely original about either plot (Lombard is torn between two men – one is wealthy and conceited but genuinely in love, the other is ambitious and something of a playboy) or setting (high society); true, this type of romantic comedy was typical for Depression-era America – but it’s among the most trivial examples of escapist fare that I’ve watched!

Besides, Lombard is let down by her leading men – after all, Preston Foster and Cesar Romero are hardly Fred MacMurray and Ralph Bellamy (who played similar, but more rounded, characters in HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE)...and the same thing can be said of director Walter Lang (here demonstrating little of the style conveyed by Mitchell Leisen throughout HANDS, or even the inspired craziness of TRUE CONFESSION). Actually, the whole enterprise feels invincibly second-rate: however, one shouldn’t blame this on the change in studio from Paramount (which made all the other titles in this set) to Universal because, truth be told, Lombard’s next outing – MY MAN GODFREY (1936; also released by the latter) – proved to be one of her best films!

LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST, then, features all the typical ingredients: love/hate relationship, misunderstanding, embarrassment, romantic threat, etc. Richard Carle appears as an elderly gentleman who, in spite of being a bachelor, offers Foster advice on his amorous situation; climaxing with an unconvincing storm at sea, this sequence is nonetheless capped by an amusing – and most unconventional – wedding ceremony presided over by familiar character actor E. E. Clive!

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