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Public Wedding (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 July 1937 (USA)
The operators of a bankrupt carnival sideshow hope to restore their fallen fortunes by staging a fake 'public wedding' in the mouth of their unprofitable giant whale. But the intended '... See full summary »

Director:

Nick Grinde

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (original screen play), Houston Branch (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Florence 'Flip' Lane
William Hopper ... Anthony (Tony) Burke
Dick Purcell ... Joe Taylor
Marie Wilson ... Tessie Schultz aka Lilith Love
Berton Churchill ... H. Theodore Lane aka Pop
Archie Robbins ... Nick (as James Robbins)
Raymond Hatton ... The Deacon
Veda Ann Borg ... Bernice
Zeni Vatori Zeni Vatori ... Gus Papadopoulos
Jimmie Fox Jimmie Fox ... Judge Jeremiah Boggs (as Jimmy Foxe)
Curtis Karpe Curtis Karpe ... Pete - the Waiter
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Reporter
Horace McMahon ... Reporter (as Horace MacMahon)
John Harron ... Reporter
Jack Mower ... Reporter
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The operators of a bankrupt carnival sideshow hope to restore their fallen fortunes by staging a fake 'public wedding' in the mouth of their unprofitable giant whale. But the intended 'bridegroom' absconds with the proceeds, arranging a substitute...and Flip Lane, much to her surprise, finds herself really married to a handsome stranger, whose career as an artist she decides to manage, much to his dismay. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film where Jane Wyman receives top billing, and the first starring role for William Hopper, son of Hedda Hopper. See more »

Quotes

Flip Lane: Now, what's your racket?
Tessie Schultz aka Lilith Love: Well, if you want the naked truth, I'm a fan dancer!
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Soundtracks

All America
(1916) (uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played on the calliope in the opening scene
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reality star techniques in the 30s
26 October 2011 | by skiddooSee all my reviews

Everything old is new again. How about a wedding that costs nothing because it, (very amusingly), advertises the businesses that provided the goods and services and has a paying audience? Or a painter who becomes popular with those with more money than brains because he has a reputation over a woman? Or good-looking con artists coming up with one scheme after another to make money from publicity while trying not to get arrested? It all sounds very familiar because it is entertaining and still works today to bring in the cash.

Hectic movie with many quips, turns of plot, and much running around. It's worth a look to see that the techniques used today were used in the 30s and were well-worn even back then. Visually it has interesting elements. On the whole, though, it's one of the lesser movies of the "attractive con artist" genre.


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