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The Toy Wife (1938)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 June 1938 (USA)
The beautiful and frivolous wife of a plantation owner in antebellum Louisiana proves unsatisfactory at running the household, leading her serious-minded husband to enlist the help of her unmarried sister.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Zoe Akins (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Luise Rainer ... Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard
Melvyn Douglas ... George Sartoris
Robert Young ... Andre Vallaire
Barbara O'Neil ... Louise Brigard
H.B. Warner ... Victor Brigard
Alma Kruger ... Madame Vallaire
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Suzanne
Theresa Harris ... 'Pick'
Walter Kingsford ... Judge Rondell
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Pompey
Clarence Muse ... Brutus
Leonard Penn ... Gaston Vincent
Alan Perl Alan Perl ... Georgie
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'The toy wife' or how to spoil your own life and the lives of others by being fickle and frivolous. This is the story of Gilberte, a beautiful sixteen-year-old girl who charms, attracts and seduces all the men she meets. Back in Louisiana after a stay in France, she will steal her fiancé from her loving and beloved sister Louise. Once married with George, she will prove a poor mother for little Georgie, a poor manager of the plantation and an unfaithful wife. She indeed starts an affair with André, the dashing young man she actually loves. Tragedy will ensue. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mlle. Froufrou See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Sunday 19 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Tuesday 4 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 20 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). New York City televiewers finally got a look at it Saturday 25 May 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Louise Brigard: He called you a toy wife!
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Opening title card: Gone is the flag of France from Lousiana, but until the civil war, the life of its French residents in New Orleans and on the great plantations was life under the old regime in France... See more »

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Referenced in Even Angels Eat Beans (1973) See more »

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period piece.... southern values
8 September 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Quite the period piece... the south, before the civil war. But some big names.. .Melvyn Douglas (star of silents and talkies), Robert Young (Marcus Welby), HB Warner (many films). some similarities to Gone With the Wind.... girl likes one guy. another guy proposes, so she accepts. but still likes the other guy. and doesn't really get over it. stuff happens. many references to slavery. not all complimentary, but historically accurate. goes on and on. lessons learned. one lives with ones' decisions. Directed by Richard Thorpe. about the biggest films for him were Jailhouse Rock and Fun in Acapulco.


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