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Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 August 1938 (USA)
A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

Director:

Reinhold Schünzel (as Reinhold Schunzel)

Writers:

Joseph Fields (screen play) (as Joseph A. Fields), Jerome Chodorov (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Bill Harrison
Lew Ayres ... Henry Thayer
Ruth Hussey ... Joan Thayer
Lana Turner ... Helen
Rita Johnson ... Sally Harrison
Don Castle ... Frank
Guy Kibbee ... Pa
Sarah Padden ... Ma
Gordon Jones ... Tom Grogan
Virginia Grey ... Miss Selma Willis
Marie Blake ... Mrs. Gussler
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A rich businessman wants to marry his secretary, but first he has to pass muster with her middle-class family.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Now or Never See more »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial television broadcast in Philadelphia took place Friday 6 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 14 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and San Francisco 29 May 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Referenced in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Played on piano by Lew Ayres
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Enjoyable fluff.
27 March 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ruth Hussy is the secretary to her rich boss (Robert Young). Suddenly, out of the blue, they realize how much they love each other and plan to marry. But first, he needs to meet her family. During this kooky meeting, it becomes obvious to Ruth that her working-class background is so completely unlike Young's upper-crust world that they should slow down--and wait to marry. So, to help things along, Young decides to 'slum it'--to hang with her family and get to know them better. However, some of her family are pretty annoying and what will happen when Young tries to help out and improve their lives? Oddly, his kind gestures aren't always appreciated.

This is a pretty enjoyable comedy with some fun performances. However enjoyable though, it is a bit uneven and is not a great comedy--just a nice one that fans of old films will likely like. When you watch, get a load of Lana Turner before her big Hollywood makeover. She sure looked very, very different--and a lot more natural.


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