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The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | 23 July 1932 (USA)
A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Arthur Stringer (story "The Mud Lark"), Robert Lord (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Gordon
George Brent ... Jim Gilson
Lyle Talbot ... Eddie Fields
Hardie Albright ... Don Leslie
David Landau ... Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell ... Forgan
Leila Bennett ... Emily
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Storyline

Torch singer Joan Gordon, tiring of her relationship with small-time hood and racketeer Eddie Fields, flees to Montreal and becomes the mail-order bride of down-to-earth farmer Jim Gilson. Their chance for happiness is threatened by Gilson's own stubborness, a lecherous neighbor and the reappearance of Fields. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She took another woman's place on her wedding night..!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mud Lark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$202,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though this movie is attributed to the book The Mudlark by Arthur Stringer, Stringer in fact incorporated elements of Lillian Gish's The Wind into his book. The Mudlark is thus not totally original and not the sole basis of this film. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara Stanwick gets off the train in North Dakota the terrain is very mountainous. North Dakota is on the Great Plains - very flat. See more »

Quotes

[Four ladies, including our heroine, Joan, are headed west on a train. Three of them are comparing notes on their mail-order husbands while snacking. Joan is not participating]
Queenie, Girl on Train: [Looking at a picture] Oh, yours has got bushy eyebrows; he'll tickle ya every time he kisses ya.
Woman on Train #2: [Talking with her mouth full] I don't care
[giggles]
Woman on Train #2: as long as he kisses me.
[the three of them laugh riotously, while Joan looks annoyed]
Queenie, Girl on Train: [Leaning forward, holding a banana up to her mouth] You know what they say about men with ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop Goes the Weasel
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on harmonica by 'Snub' Pollard twice
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a not bad example of pre-code movies
13 May 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Found on 'Forbidden Hollywood Part 3', this tale of mail order bride Barbara Stanwyck and her farmer husband George Brent meanders a bit but is a typical example of a pre-code drama. There is liquor, sex, semi-nudity, suggestions of slavery ... and that's just for starters.

Let down a bit by its weak ending and a lack of focus amongst its clichéd minor characters (all of which seem taken from the 'stereotypes manual'), 'The Purchase Price' stands as an OK film, but nothing special.

George Brent here plays something of a muttonhead who doesn't really deserve the luminous Stanwyck (who'd been in the chorus line before turning farmer's wife); but Stanwyck is very good and well worth watching.


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