"The title was silly, but the picture had a nice flair, and it came off better than anyone expected." - Joan Crawford
"They All Kissed the Bride" 1942
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Cast: Joan Crawford (as Margaret Drew), Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Andrew Tombes, Allen Jenkins, Helen Parrish,
Emory Parnell, Mary Treen, Nydia Westman, Ivan Simpson, Roger Clark, Gordon Jones, Edward Gargan, Larry Parks
Margaret Drew (Joan) is a well-dressed businesswoman who inherits her father's trucking company. Michael Holmes (Melvyn Douglas)
is an eager reporter who is anxious to write a book on the beautiful but tough business tycoon. The two eventually fall in
love as Michael works his charm to help the shrewd businesswoman lighten up and enjoy life
Carole Lombard was originally cast in the role of Margaret Drew, she had even started filming, when she was killed in an air
plane crash whilst on her way home from a war bonds tour. Joan took over her role and donated her entire salary of $128,000
to the American Red Cross, the organization that recovered Lombard's remains. The film's end credits acknowledge that "Miss
Crawford appears through the courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer." [www.imdb.com].
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Reviewer, telegonus, says...
Joan Crawford is a businesswoman who owns her own trucking company, and Melvyn Douglas is a reporter determined to write a book about her. As this is a light comedy one knows that these two will fall for each other sooner or later, and that complications will abound. Crawford is quite good as the lady executive, and Douglas most expert in the kind of role he had played dozens of times before. Both stars are in their prime, and just young enough to pull this slight story off. This movie is no classic but is extremely pleasant to watch. Made in the early days of World War II, it is the kind of picture that would soon go out of style, as the pressures of war would produce a different kind of comedy, less subtle and sophisticated, more obvious and at times more outrageous. "They All Kissed the Bride" is light and leisurely in tone, coming as it did between the end of the great Depression and the start of global war, its refusal to take itself too seriously must have been a tonic in its day, and if one is in the right mood it can still work its magic.
Robert W. Dana of the New York Herald Tribune had this to say, "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."
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