They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

Toronto Film Society presented They All Kissed the Bride (1942) on Monday, May 30, 1977 in a double bill with Stars In My Crown as part of the Season 29 Monday Evening Film Buff Series, Programme 10.

Production Company: Columbia.  Producer: Edward Kaufman.  Director: Alexander Hall.  Story: Gina Kaus, Andrew P. Solt.  Adaptation: Solt, Henry Altimus.  Screen Play: P.J. Wolfson.  Art Direction: Lionel Banks, Cary Odell.  Music: Morris Stoloff.  Costumes: Irene.  Photography: Joseph Walker.  Film Editor: Viola Lawrence.

Cast: Joan Crawford (Margaret J. Drew), Melvyn Douglas (Michael Holmes), Roland Young (Marsh), Billie Burke (Mrs. Drew), Allen Jenkins (Jonny Johnson), Andrew Tombes (Crane), Helen Parrish (Vivian Drew), Emory Parnell (Mahony), Mary Treen (Susie Johnson), Nydia Westman (Secretary), Ivan Simpson (Dr. Cassell), Roger Clark (Stephen Pettingill), Gordon Jones (Taxi Driver), Larry Parks (Joe Krim), Tom Dugan (Callahan), John Dilson (man), Charles Miller, George Pembroke, Wyndham Standing (Department Heads), Shirley Patterson (Receptionist), Douglas Wood (Hoover), Boyd Irwin (Endore), Frank Dawson (Nolan), Ann Doran (Maid), Alma Carroll (Bridesmaid), Charles Coleman (Butler), Father Neal Dodd (Muinister), Ralph Sanford (Detective), Wheaton Cambers, Arthur Stuart Hull, Richard Kipling, Hal Cooke, John Merkyl (Board Members), Dale Van Sickel (Marine), Polly Bailey (Irish Woman), Walter Merrill, Terrance Ray, Harry Strang, Charles Sullivan, Frank Marlowe, Ernie Adams, Lyle Latell, Ralph Peters (Truck Drivers), Tom Lincir, Rosalie Miller (Dance Specialties), Kitty Kelly, Charles Lane (Sotters), George McKay (Announcer), Norman Willis (Cop), Charles Halton (Doctor).

They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

*Carole Lombard was scheduled to star in this film, but was killed in a plane crash before production.  Joan Crawford, long a friend of Clark Gable and his wife Lombard, volunteered to substitute for the late star in the upcoming film, with her salary of $112,500 donated to the Red Cross, who found Miss Lombard’s body.

They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

Joan Crawford’s return to the screen is under such pleasant auspices, for she and Columbia’s brilliant director Alexander Hall and the comedy-wise Melvyn Douglas make the most of a well-written, cleverly constructed screen story….Not in many a day have we seen the risqué possibilities of romance and its biological allusions treated on the screen with such frankness and finesse.  Miss Crawford demonstrates the range of her talent in those sequences which compel her to change the personality ofher heroine gradually from that of a machine-line businesswoman to that of an awakened young beauty with a desire to be an expert jitterbug.

 The New York Herald Tribune by Robert W. Dana

Notes compiled by Peter Poles

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