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Love on the Run (1936)

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

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W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screen play), Manuel Seff (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Sally Parker
Clark Gable ... Michael Anthony
Franchot Tone ... Barnabus Pells
Reginald Owen ... Baron Otto
Mona Barrie ... Baroness Hilda
Ivan Lebedeff ... Igor
Charles Judels ... Lieutenant of Police
William Demarest ... Lees Berger - City Editor
Donald Meek ... Caretaker
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Storyline

In the company of reporter Michael Anthony, American heiress Sally Parker flees her planned wedding to Prince Igor; Sally is unaware of Mike's detestable occupation. The two steal an airplane that is part of a spy plot and discover secret plans. They are pursued by the spies as well as by Mike's pal Barnabas, who wants a piece of the hot news story. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Joan Crawford - On the run! Clark Gable - Running after her! Franchot Tone - Running after both of them!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe mit 100 PS See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$578,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,140,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,860,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Dewey Robinson (Italian Father), Bobs Watson (Italian Boy), Betty Jane Graham (Italian Girl), Agostino Borgato (French Comptroller), Alphonse Martell (French Spy), Frank Mayo (Traveling Man), Bobby Watson (Assistant Manager) and Richard Powell. See more »

Goofs

When Sally and Michael are at the "London Metropolitan Airport", there are mountains visible in the background. These scenes were actually filmed at the airport in Van Nuys (VNY), known at the time as Metropolitan Airport, which is about 20 miles north of what now is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). See more »

Quotes

Sally Parker: Can he do anything else?
Barnabus W. 'Barney' Pells: Nothing that won't land him in jail.
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References Cardinal Richelieu (1935) See more »

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She'll be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
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Spies And Weddings
18 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Love On The Run is yet another example of Louis B. Mayer trying to cash in on the success that eluded him when he 'punished' Clark Gable by sending him to Columbia Pictures for a minor comedy that turned out to be It Happened One Night. For the rest of the decade Hollywood saturated the American public with madcap heiress stories.

When you've got one of the leading players under contract to you however it's a bit easier. Gable is given a rival reporter to contend with in Love On The Run in the person of Joan Crawford's real life husband, Franchot Tone. These two room together, but are ready to do everything short of cutting each other's throats to scoop the other.

Two stories that they are both assigned to cover, heiress Joan Crawford's wedding to a prince, Ivan Lebedeff, and a trans-European flight by Baron Reginald Owen get mixed up together as Crawford gets cold feet and Owen turns out to be an international spy.

Gable and Crawford have done it all before, especially Gable. But I kind of feel sorry for Franchot Tone. If he wasn't in a dinner jacket in his MGM parts he was in a film like this, essentially playing the Ralph Bellamy role. It's a very one sided rivalry Gable and Tone have. It's like the Yankees and Red Sox of the last century with the Yankees constantly coming out on top. No wonder Tone left MGM to try for better acting roles. At MGM he showed what he could do in films like Mutiny on the Bounty and Three Comrades, but even these were in support of bigger stars.

There's some nice performances in the cast from Mona Barrie as Owen's wife, Donald Meek as a most eccentric caretaker and William Demarest as Gable's editor. But no new ground was broken here.


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