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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $155,000 ($2.78M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Alec and Maida discuss their divorce, he sits down sideways on the couch with his left elbow over its back. She sits down too, then in the next shot Alec is suddenly sitting up straight with that elbow on his knee. See more »

Quotes

Alec Walker: Can you cook? Can you sew? Can you take care of a man from the start that he's not been accustomed to? Got to know those things before I can give you a license.
Julie Eden: What?
Alec Walker: License. Not for a dog. The other kind. Oh, by the way, will you marry me?
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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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40-carat weepie
8 February 2004 | by jandewittSee all my reviews

Take an interesting story about two more or less doomed lovers, add a much-deserved happy-ending and cast all three leads against type. Than hand it over to a competent director, spend some money for plush production values, demand some snappy lines, hire a top-notch supporting cast and take care of a lush camera work. What do you get? One of the great love stories of all time.

The main reason is the cast!

Carole Lombard, beautiful and radiant, is much more subdued than usual.

Cary Grant, still on his way up to the echelon of stardom. 'Suave' aptly describes his performance.

And, best of all, Kay Francis. After being cast in a slew of low-budget programmers (WB even billed her below the title in 'Women in the Wind') her old pal Lombard (always the generous one) helped her out of oblivion with this once-in-a-lifetime role. Francis is cast a domestic monster but she underplays admirably and her scenes with Lombard sparkle.

The pic holds up very, very well. But be warned: tissued will be needed by the boxful at each viewing.


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