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In Name Only (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1939 (USA)
After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Richard Sherman (screen play), Bessie Breuer (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Julie Eden
Cary Grant ... Alec Walker
Kay Francis ... Maida Walker
Charles Coburn ... Mr. Walker
Helen Vinson ... Suzanne
Katharine Alexander ... Laura
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Gateson
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Walker
Alan Baxter ... Charley
Maurice Moscovitch ... Dr. Muller (as Maurice Moscovich)
Peggy Ann Garner ... Ellen
Spencer Charters ... Gardener
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Storyline

While out riding in the country, wealthy New Yorker Alec Walker meets young widow Julie Eden, and a relationship quickly develops. However, Alec has not told her that he is already locked into a loveless marriage to the avaricious Maida, who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife. A completely coincidental car crash alerts the two women to each other's existence, a situation to which they react very differently. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | Romance

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The fictional town of Bridgefield, Conn. is based on the real town of Ridgefield, Conn. See more »

Goofs

When Cary Grant checks into a hotel near the end of the movie, we see him open a room with the key to #1522. Then the next morning when the hotel staff find him still in the room, they enter room #1524. See more »

Quotes

Alec Walker: Look, darling, suppose there were no Maida? Supposing since the first day we met there never had been a Maida?
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
(uncredited)
Music attributed to John Reading (17th century)
Words translated from the Latin by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Played as background music on Christmas Eve
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Great escapism for those who like 1930s style love triangles.
20 October 2000 | by AgedInWoodSee all my reviews

This is the perfect movie to curl up to on a winter day and get lost in a soap opera. The performances are very good and Lombard is just gorgeous. I think the best reason to see it is to see Kay Francis in a comeback performance. She had been relegated to the undesirable list by the studios at this point in her career. Her portrayal of Maida, Cary Grant's uncompromising wife, is great fun to watch. The movie is a little cornball in parts but overall it works. Lombard fans really won't be disappointed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kind Men Marry See more »

Filming Locations:

Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$722,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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