The Gay Bride (1934)

The Gay Bride
The Gay Bride The Gay Bride (1934)

Run time: Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime
Director: Jack Conway
Writers: Charles Francis Coe, Bella Spewack
Stars: Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, Zasu Pitts
Gold-digger Lombard gets herself involved with a succession of gangsters in this gritty comedy-drama, which has star chemistry to recommend it.

4 responses to “The Gay Bride (1934)”

  1. tfsadmin says:

    Easy to see why Lombard was the highest paid actress in Hollywood at one time. Breathtakingly beautiful and with a wonderful sense of humor. That said, The Gay Bride is a fun movie but very much on the modest side. An amusing trifle about a heartless, gold-digging chorus girl bent on marrying one gangster after another, only to see them wiped out before she can get her hands on the cash. Chester Morris, a gangster’s book-keeper, the one true love interest – whom of course she despises because he has no money. Amusing sparks struck between the two that provides the main thrust of the comedy. The great Zasu Pitts in a wisecracking supporting role. Not a great movie but a few good laughs – and a chance to see Lombard at her most luminous. Worth the time.

  2. IMDBReviewer says:

    Carole's busy cleaning out her new husband, the always oafish Nat Pendleton, under the watchful but none-too-concerned eye of 'Office Boy' (who makes these names up?) played energetically by Chester Morris. You don't have to be a neurosurgeon to see how this one ends up. Several of her husband's cronies have eyes for her and Chester pretty much sits back and makes with the Jimmy Cagney-type wisecracks until he's inevitably needed to save Carole from the mess she's created. Car nuts will like the scene at the Mercedes dealer where she's buying a 1934 540K Roadster (deliberately paying too much) and cringe over Pendleton testing the bulletproof aspects of his armored limo. Made at the dawn of the infamous Production Code, THE GAY BRIDE is a lot like Warner's pre-code program entries only with MGM's added element of class. Carole's a pro and Chester Morris rates an 'A' for effort.

  3. IMDBReviewer says:

    Possible Spoiler.

    "The Gay Bride" is one of Carole Lombard’s most graceful & scintillating vehicles. An MGM property directed by Jack Conway, "Gay Bride" works like a playful blend of wisecracking screwball comedy, crime drama, and romantic melodrama. Lombard is superb as the bubbly, gold-digging chorus girl turned bride. She marries a gang leader ‘Shoots’, played by Nat Pendleton ("Slight Case of Murder"), only for his money but soon loses both. Chester Morris as the concerned mechanic James aka ‘Office Boy’ has a pleasing presence throughout. Zazu Pitts as the Mirabelle is amusing as always. Leo Carrillo is also great as Mickey.

    What’s so interesting about Lombard’s character is the range of qualities and emotions she displays throughout the movie. First, Mary is depicted as whiny, cynical gold digger with a penchant for one-liners. Then she learns to be serious and behaves well in a dangerous situation involving murder & extortion, then she becomes truly & madly in love with Morris’ Office Boy. In the final moments, where Lombard shows us how loving, passionate and committed she can be, there is an aura of delicate, almost mystical romanticism that redeems the wildness & implausibility of the previous scenes.

  4. IMDBReviewer says:

    Gay Bride, The (1934)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    A gold-digging chorus girl (Carole Lombard) decides to the only way to get rich is by marrying gangsters and hoping that they get killed so that all their money will go to her. She finds one dimwitted gangster (Nat Pendleton) to marry her but his bodyguard (Chester Morris) can see right through her. This comedy has some truly great moments in it but overall there aren't enough constant laughs to make it a complete winner. I was surprised to learn that this was the only film Lombard made for MGM but she turns in a fine performance. Her role isn't the greatest but the screenplay does offer her plenty of nice one-liners and for the most part she hits everyone of them. Pendleton is also very good as the dumb gangster who can't see that his wife is just after his money. It's Morris who steals the show however with his perfect comic timing. The screenplay does his character more justice than anyone else and Morris uses it to his advantage with countless great lines and some truly hysterical moments including a scene at a will reading. Zasu Pitts is wasted in her small role of Lombard's friend. The screenplay doesn't have enough laughs to carry the 80-minute running time but if you're a fan of the two stars then the film should keep you entertained.

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