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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.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

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

Cast overview:
Olivia de Havilland ... Margie Dawson
Ray Milland ... Lt. Dudley Briggs
Sonny Tufts ... Lt. Torchy McNeil
James Gleason ... Capt. Hornby
Constance Dowling ... Rita Sloane
Percy Kilbride ... Mr. Dawson
Jean Heather ... Wickley
Jay Norris Jay Norris ... Mitch
John R. Reilly John R. Reilly ... Buck (as Jack Reilly)
George Turner ... Goose
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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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THE BRIDE SAW RED...WHITE...and BLEW! (original print media ad - almost all caps)

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Champagne Para Dois See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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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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Stretching the thinnest of possible stories into a full-length film.
20 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot for "The Well-Groomed Bride" is incredibly thin...too thin for an entire movie. This is odd, as Olivia de Havilland had just recently won the right to break her contract with Warner Brothers and was now a free agent...and she made THIS??

When the story begins, a navy ship is about to be launched and the Captain (James Gleason) orders his Lieutenant (Ray Milland) to go buy a French Magnum...NOT an easy task considering that the war had just ended and champagne production (and everything else in Europe) was a mess. When he finally does locate a magnum, one of the only ones on the entire West Coast, Margie (de Havilland) has just purchased it. He tries to weasel it off her, but she needs it because her fiance (Sonny Tufts) is returning from the war to marry her...and he's instructed her to find the biggest bottle of champagne she can for the occasion. That is pretty much the entire plot, though in the course of things, the lady and the Lieutenant fall in love...which is pretty much what you'd expect.

Is this a bad film? At times (such as when the Lieutenant SLUGS Margie!!), it is. But for the most part it's a forgettable time-passer that starred two actors who simply were too good for this sort of film. As for Sonny Tufts, well, this sort of fluff was pretty much as good as it gets for him and his somewhat sordid career.


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