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Breakfast for Two (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 October 1937 (USA)
Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a bankrupt playboy.

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Charles Kaufman (screen play), Paul Yawitz (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Valentine Ransome
Herbert Marshall ... Jonathan Blair
Glenda Farrell ... Carol Wallace
Eric Blore ... Butch - Blair's Valet
Donald Meek ... Justice of the Peace
Etienne Girardot ... Mr. Meggs
Frank M. Thomas ... Sam Ransome
Pierre Watkin ... Gordon Faraday
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Storyline

Playboy Jonathan Blair wakes up after a night on the town to find that Texan Valentine Ransome has escorted him home. Val is attracted to Jonathan but, finding that his life is aimless and his family shipping company almost bankrupt, she decides to reform him first and marry him later. Aiding her is Jonathan's unctuous butler, Butch; in her way is his fiancée, ditzy actress Carol. Lots of slapstick. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Howa Texas beauty went after the man she decided to call her own. (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behold the Bridegroom See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Glenda Farrell was borrowed from Warner Bros. for this film. See more »

Quotes

Valentine Ransome: Four score and twenty years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Carol Wallace: She knows the Constitution!
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The opening credits are shown on a China serving platter, to go along with the movie's title, Breakfast for Two. See more »

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Fun For All
23 December 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A New York playboy & a Texas rich girl enjoy BREAKFAST FOR TWO after a wild night on the town.

Here is a screwball comedy which derives its humor more from the fine acting of its cast than from zany situations. When these situations do appear late in the film the characters are well established in the viewer's mind, adding extra zest to some very funny sequences.

Barbara Stanwyck stars as the highly determined young woman who uses her considerable resources to save the man she loves from his improvident lifestyle. This was an actress equally adept at the grittiest drama or the lightest comedy. Her timing was impeccable and her delivery uniquely all her own. As the object of her affections, Herbert Marshall makes excellent use of his suave demeanor and marvelous speaking voice to add a soupçon of sophistication to his character's wastrel ways.

An excellent supporting cast gets fully involved in the zany proceedings. Brassy Glenda Farrell plays the dumb blonde actress who adores Marshall; good-hearted & jolly, the plot really does treat her unkindly. Eric Blore is wonderful as Marshall's faithful, scheming valet. Tiny chittering Etienne Girardot plays Marshall's elderly office manager. Donald Meek, as a flustered little Justice of the Peace, gets to preside over three of the funniest wedding ceremonies ever committed to film.

RKO has given the film very fine production values, as epitomized by the mansion sets shown in the opening sequence. And what about those crazy window washers?!


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