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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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Storyline

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $7.90 restaurant bill would be the equivalent of $130 in 2016. See more »

Quotes

Tony Burke: Good, sound, honest work will be appreciated in the end!
Flip Lane: Well, who the heck wants to wait 'til the end?
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by a band as the bridal couple enter
Variations played as background music often
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What? And Get Bit?
5 February 2004 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Silly but fast-paced and enjoyable comedy built around the "public wedding" as a money-making scheme that goes awry. Jane Wyman and William Hopper star as the couple who get tricked into a real marriage when they think it's just a scam. Wyman is very good in her Warner Bros comedy roles. Solid support from Marie Wilson, Berton Churchill, and Dick Purcell. Churchill steals the film as Wyman's blow-hard crook father, but then he was always good. Watch Churchill in 1939's "Stagecoach" some time. He was ALWAYS good but is forgotten today. Best line said to Marie Wilson in the film: "Hey, why don't you cover your mouth when you yawn?" The response: "What? And Get Bit?"


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