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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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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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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 is found in the hotel room unconscious, a doctor is called. The doctor opens the knot on his tie and unbuttons his shirt for examination. The next scene Alec's shirt and tie are back to buttoned and tied. See more »

Quotes

Alec Walker: Do you want a cigarette?
Julie Eden: No thanks.
Alec Walker: Neither do I. Do you realize we've been sitting here for over an hour without smoking?
Julie Eden: I was just thinking that.
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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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A forgotten little gem
12 March 2004 | by AppleBlossomSee all my reviews

I watched `In Name Only' the other night after about 20 odd years since the last time I watched it. I didn't realise how lovely this film actually was…..maybe age has matured me to such delights, who knows!!! Carole Lombard and Cary Grant star together and their pairing does work. Though the performance from Kay Francis was extremely convincing, she showed a cold calculated woman determined to keep Grant's character in a loveless marriage, parading a pretense to family and friends she was the hard-done-by wife.

Lombard's character Julie Eden was of course the opposite of Kay Francis's character……two different women in the extreme. Both women are vying for the same man, but with definite distinctions between them to what their reasons are..... one for love and the other for wealth and power. Amongst all this is Grant's character Alec Walker…….he knows to well of his wife's ambition, to the point of utterly loathing her (I actually think he does in the film).

The cinematography was sharp, editing and sound was to a high standard. The dialogue was clear and the plot was satisfactory……I say this because watching this film today really has no relevance to our society anymore. Couples just live with each other, there's no stigma attached or judgements made against them. The era of the film depicts a very different society code and morals.

`In Name Only' certainly has a place in my film collection. 8/10


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