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The Well-Groomed Bride (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 May 1946 (USA)
A man and a woman fight over the last bottle of champagne left in San Francisco--she wants it for a wedding, and he wants to use it to christen a ship.


Sidney Lanfield


Claude Binyon (screenplay), Robert Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Olivia de Havilland ... Margie Dawson
Ray Milland ... Lt. Dudley Briggs
Sonny Tufts ... Lt. Torchy McNeil
James Gleason ... Capt. Hornby
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A man and a woman fight over the last bottle of champagne left in San Francisco--she wants it for a wedding, and he wants to use it to christen a ship.

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Champagne pour deux See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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A bit of the bubbly
18 September 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Both Ray Milland and Olivia DeHavilland had to be asking how did they get into this rather slight comedy. The Well Groomed Bride is funny enough, but considering the history of these two stars they both should have figured for something better.

In the case of Milland he had just come off his Oscar winning picture The Lost Weekend proving to Paramount he could handle heavy dramatics. This film is a return to what he'd been doing for a decade at Paramount.

As for Olivia she had just gotten from Warner Brothers after a lengthy and historic battle to break her contact there. Jack Warner for the most part had cast her in these light comedies or has the heroine waiting for her man who was for the most part Errol Flynn. She had done Hold Back The Dawn with Paramount and gotten an Oscar nomination back in 1941. Maybe she figured she'd get good parts at that studio and instead was doing the same stuff she did with the Brothers Warner.

Lt. Commander Milland is on a mission to obtain a magnum of champagne so a ship could be launched. But Olivia beats him to the last bottle of the bubbly that can be found in San Francisco and she wants to launch her marriage to former football hero Sonny Tufts with it. That starts a whole lot of maneuvering and of course ends the romance with Olivia and Tufts.

Sonny Tufts was playing the part usually given Jack Carson over at Warner Brothers, the amiable blowhard. No wonder Olivia must have thought she never left.

The Well Groomed Bride has its amusing moments, but it's chiffon light fare. Milland would continue to get light comic parts with a few dramatic ones to show his versatility. But Olivia's next few roles would earn her three Oscar nominations in a row and two Oscars with To Each His Own, The Snake Pit, and The Heiress.

Turns out she made the right career move.

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