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The Bride Wore Red (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 October 1937 (USA)
Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. ... See full summary »

Director:

Dorothy Arzner

Writers:

Tess Slesinger (screen play), Bradbury Foote (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Anni Pavlovitch
Franchot Tone ... Giulio
Robert Young ... Rudi Pal
Billie Burke ... Contessa di Meina
Reginald Owen ... Admiral Monti
Lynne Carver ... Maddelena Monti
George Zucco ... Count Armalia
Mary Philips ... Maria (as Mary Phillips)
Paul Porcasi ... Nobili
Dickie Moore ... Pietro
Frank Puglia ... Alberto
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Storyline

Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. With fancy new clothes and ersatz status, Anni decides that she likes the rich life. But with time running out, she needs a rich husband and Rudi is the one she chooses. Only it takes longer than two weeks for Rudi to dump his fiancée and propose to her. In the weeks that she has been there, she finds that she loves Giulio, the postman with the small house and the donkey cart. But will she give up love for wealth.... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once There Was a Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Budget:

$960,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last of seven films pairing Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone, who were married at this time. See more »

Quotes

Count Rudi Armalia: Very superior waiter. Very superior man, probably. Pity no-one will ever know.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a music box is shown playing a tune in the background. See more »

Connections

Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Wants Love?
(1937)
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Joan Crawford (uncredited) at the Cordellera Bar
Played throughout as part of the score
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Crawford Tone pair up nicely in The Bride Wore Red
7 August 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Jaded club singer Anni Pavlovitch (Joan Crawford) runs into a count who devises a plan to give Anni an opportunity to swing with the swells for two weeks in a rustic Italian vacation spot in the mountains. Anni is totally seduced by the lifestyle and with time running out moves in on Maddelena Monti' s well heeled beau Rudi Pal ( Robert Young) to try an insinuate herself into the jet set lifestyle on a more permanent basis. The local postman Giullio (Franchot Tone) has also taken a shine to Anni offering her an unencumbered down to earth existence in contrast but cynical Anni is tired of the hardscrabble existence preferring pampered materialism instead.

Under the rare oddity of a female studio film director (Dorothy Arzner) Crawford is allowed to stretch with more than satisfying results as she struggles with the conflict of hooking up for love or money. Arzner not only gets some impressive long takes out of Crawford but also softens her standard studio brusqueness with a touching sensitivity as her dream of easy street evaporates before her eyes.

Arzner also gets fine performances out of upper crusts played by Young and a beautifully smug performance from Billie Burke without being condescending to such easy targets. The real surprise though is the sophisticated Franchot Tone as Giullio the country postman. Playing it neither broad or passionate Tone subversively bides his time with a dignity and patience that gives The Bride Wore Red a nice subtle edge and a more touching denouement.


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