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Love Before Breakfast (1936)

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


Walter Lang


Herbert Fields (screenplay), Faith Baldwin (from the novel: "Spinster Dinner" by)




Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Kay Colby
Preston Foster ... Scott Miller
Cesar Romero ... Bill Wadsworth
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Colby
Betty Lawford ... Countess Campanella
Richard Carle ... Brinkerhoff
Forrester Harvey ... Chief Steward
Joyce Compton ... Mary Lee
Bert Roach ... Party Host
Diana Gibson ... Secretary (as Diane Gibson)


A rich businessman stalks another man's fiancée.

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A SOCK IN THE EYE! (Print Ad- New York Post, ((New York, NY)) 12 March 1936)




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Did You Know?


Although Faith Baldwin is credited onscreen as writer of a novel, it was actually just a short story in a magazine. No novel was ever published. 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 »


Scott Miller: It's a funny world, isn't it?
Kay Colby: What's funny about it?
Scott Miller: Well, the Countess wants to marry me.
Kay Colby: You're afraid?
Scott Miller: You want to marry Bill and I want to marry you. Quite a problem, isn't it?
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Card after ending credits: "Thank You" See more »


Referenced in Pennies from Heaven (1981) See more »


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Very enjoyable but a slight re-write could have made this a lot better.
1 April 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I enjoyed "Love Before Breakfast" very much and think with a slight re-write it could have earned a 9, as it was a nice little screwball comedy.

The film begins with a very rich industrialist (Preston Foster) buying an oil company just so he can transfer a guy overseas (Cesar Romero) in order to have a chance at the girl (Carole Lombard). Now Foster isn't a total jerk--the transfer is a promotion for Romero and he's thrilled to take it. The plan is for Romero to stay in Japan for two years and then return to marry Lombard. However, it's pretty obvious that this relationship has some problems--not the least of which is the conniving Foster. Now it could be easy to dislike Foster since he is manipulative and a bit of a stalker, however, the writers did a good job making his character likable. He's rich but a pretty swell guy. Heck, I might have married him if he'd asked! But, as for Lombard, she gives him a very hard time--after all, Foster IS responsible for the boyfriend going overseas. And, after a while, she does come to like Foster and is willing to marry him instead. However, Foster isn't happy with this--after all, if Romero was home, would she still be willing to do this? So, he brings Romero back and treats him with every kindness to allow Lombard a chance to choose. Who she chooses, how and why is something you'll just have to see for yourself.

I liked this story very much, but did have a complaint about one thing. I think that Lombard's character was made a bit too volatile and annoying. It got bad enough towards the end that I could not believe that Foster would still want such a nasty...um...'lady'. As for the rest of the cast, they are quite dandy. I liked Lombard's mother and the dog (an adorable little thing), but I especially liked the small part played by Richard Carle--he wasn't in the movie a lot, but was great in the scenes where he appeared.

Overall, an enjoyable little comedy only marred, very slightly, by a female character that is, at times, just a bit too annoying and snippy. Still, give it a look--it's a nice forgotten little film.

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Release Date:

9 March 1936 (USA) See more »

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Spinster Dinner See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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