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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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Cast

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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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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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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Monte Vandergrift, William Gould and Landers Stevens are listed as cast members by a modern source, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear over an open oval window frame, through which we see the stars of the film apparently having a meal. At the end of the opening credits, the top of the open window frame slowing becomes an archway in a house. See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl I Left Behind Me
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Traditional
Arranged by Roy Webb
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"Turn off your brain" fun
8 August 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with rich and drunk playboy Herbert Marshall being taken to his home by nice girl Barbara Stanwyck. The butler's reaction (Eric Blore) at seeing her in the shower instead of his master is priceless! It seems that the Stanwyck and Marshall met the night before while he was on a bender and they share some sweet moments over breakfast. However, the nice moment is interrupted when Marshall finds that the fun and games are over, as he is practically broke and his family steamship line is about to be sold. Unknown to all, Barbara is loaded with cash and she buys the business and plans on letting Marshall run it--hoping to make him more responsible and her future husband! When Marshall discovers her plan, he is understandably miffed and immediately proposes to another woman!

This is a film that fans of old time Hollywood can enjoy. More "sophistsicated" viewers might see the premise of the film as very contrived and silly (which it is), but the point of the film is to enjoy the journey and NOT question the implausibility. Let me explain.... The film stars some excellent actors (Herbert Marshall and Barbara Stanwyck) and are very ably supported by some wonderful familiar faces--in particular, Eric Blore and Donald Meek. Unlike more modern films which often rely heavily on the stars, like some of the best 1930s films the supporting players give the film life and provide great laughs--providing a wonderful balance that is often missing in newer films. Heck, considering Blore's performance alone, I'd strongly recommend this movie. His appearances in TOP HAT and many other films of the 1930s did so much to improve the films, so I look forward to him at least at much as I looked forward to Stanwyck and Marshall! Also, while the plot is silly, the writing of the characters and dialog is amazingly witty and clever. In particular, the last 15 minutes of the film are sparkling and you can't help but laugh out loud--it's THAT good! Just turn off your brain and enjoy!


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