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Bride for Sale (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 12 November 1949 (USA)
Tax expert Nora Shelley thinks she can find a suitable husband by inspecting clients' tax documents.


William D. Russell


Bruce Manning (screenplay), Islin Auster (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Nora Shelley
Robert Young ... Steve Adams
George Brent ... Paul Martin
Max Baer ... Litka
Gus Schilling ... Timothy
Charles Arnt ... Dobbs
Mary Bear Mary Bear ... Miss Stone
Ann Tyrrell Ann Tyrrell ... Miss Swanson
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Gentry
Burk Symon Burk Symon ... Setley


Tax expert Nora Shelley thinks she can find a suitable husband by inspecting clients' tax documents.

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Claudette Colbert wants a carpet slipper kind of guy ... and winds up with a pair of heels!




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Release Date:

12 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brud til salg See more »

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Crest Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 5, 1950 with Robert Young and Claudette Colbert reprising their film roles. See more »


Nora Shelley: You want to see me?
Paul Martin: Yes. Sit down, Miss Shelley.
Nora Shelley: Oh, gladly. Ahhh, what a day!
Paul Martin: When are you planning on opening your own office, Miss Shelley?
Nora Shelley: What gives you that idea?
Paul Martin: Oh, certain things I've noticed.
Nora Shelley: What things?
Paul Martin: Things that make me believe that you're going into business for yourself.
Nora Shelley: What are you talking about?
Paul Martin: Well, that's what they all do: they work here a year, grab a few clients by deceit and treachery and then open offices of their own.
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Deservedly Forgotten
15 July 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Although a star vehicle for one of Hollywood's grandest divas of all time, 'Bride for Sale' is a deservedly obscure romantic potboiler whose title and assumptions about working women would be offensive if one could be bothered to take them seriously.

Claudette Colbert is as unconvincing as an alpha female ex-Wac major turned super-efficient office manager of an income tax and accounting firm as Robert Young is as an archaeologist she sets her cap at in the belief that he's loaded and can keep her in the style to which she intends to become accustomed. The usual garrulous, drably-photographed shenanigans duly ensue, occasionally enlivened by cameos from the likes of Max Baer, Gus Schilling and Hans Conried.

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