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The Bride Wore Boots (1946)

A bookish historian is married to a steely Southern belle who raises horses, an animal that he doesn't care for. However, the cute young neighbor girl doesn't feel that way about him and makes no bones about letting him know it.


Irving Pichel


Dwight Mitchell Wiley (screenplay), Dwight Mitchell Wiley (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Sally Warren
Robert Cummings ... Jeff Warren
Diana Lynn ... Mary Lou Medford
Patric Knowles ... Lance Gale
Peggy Wood ... Grace Apley
Robert Benchley ... Uncle Todd Warren
Willie Best ... Joe
Natalie Wood ... Carol Warren
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Johnnie Warren (as Gregory Muradian)
Mary Young ... Janet Doughton


Rich and beautiful Southern heiress Sally Warren loves horse-racing and running her horse-farm although her husband of seven years hates the four-legged mammals. Spouse Jeff Warren is a successful author, Civil War scholar, and popular lecturer on the ladies club circuit. After Jeff buys aging twelve-year old nag Albert in the mistaken belief that he's a colt, and Sally purchases a desk for her husband in the naive belief that it once belonged to Jefferson Davis, it's obvious that they have few interests in common. The squabbling is complicated by Jeff's jealousy of Sally's relationship with Lance Gale, her childhood friend, neighbor, and fellow horse breeder. Sally in turn becomes enraged when the ubiquitous Mary Lou Medford, a flirtatious literary groupie, becomes omnipresent with her infatuation of Jeff. Although the strains on their relationship lands the couple in divorce court, circumstances and an equine cupid bring them back together again. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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BRING THE 4TH IN RIGHT - ATTEND THE BIG, RACY,ROMANTIC RIOT! THE ODDS ARE TEN TO ONE YOU'LL HAVE THE BEST TIME IN YOUR LIFE! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - July 3, 1946 - all caps) See more »


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By the time the film was released, Robert Benchley had already been dead for about six months; another cast member, Mae Busch died the month prior to its premiere. See more »


Mary Lou Medford: [Condescendingly] I do hope you'll come over often now that we're to be neighbors.
Sally Warren: [Cattily] Why how nice of you! I'll be sure to... particularly as we have so much in common.
Mary Lou Medford: In common?
Sally Warren: Yes.
[She laughs at the joke she's about to make]
Sally Warren: Your future and my past.
[She leaves]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are shown in front of a pair of riding boots during opening credits. See more »


Referenced in DuckTales: The Bride Wore Stripes (1989) See more »


Jingle Bells (One Horse Open Sleigh)
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont) (1857)
Instrumental version incorporated into soundtrack during Christmas sequence.
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Stanwyck needed better support
28 September 2020 | by bob998See all my reviews

I kept thinking about The Philadelphia Story while watching this; the masterful way George Cukor works out the story line with Grant, Hepburn and Stewart all competing for attention. Well, Irving Pichel is no Cukor, and while Stanwyck easily equals Hepburn in comedic skill, Cummings and Knowles don't match Grant and Stewart in ability. Stanwyck and Peggy Wood, playing her mother, supply all the fireworks in this one. Albert the horse does everything but talk, maybe he's the real star.

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Release Date:

11 January 1947 (Sweden) See more »

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The Bride Wore Boots See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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