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The Secret Bride (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 22 December 1934 (USA)
Before Ruth Vincent, daughter of a state governor, and state attorney general Robert Sheldon can announce their marriage, the governor is accused of bribe-taking. To avoid the appearance of... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Leonard Ide (play), Tom Buckingham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Ruth Vincent
Warren William ... Robert Sheldon
Glenda Farrell ... Hazel Normandie
Grant Mitchell ... Willis Martin
Arthur Byron ... Governor W.H. Vincent
Henry O'Neill ... Jim Lansdale
Douglass Dumbrille ... Dave Breeden (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Police Lt. Tom Nigard
Willard Robertson ... Representative Grosvenor
William B. Davidson ... Representative McPherson (as William Davidson)
Russell Hicks ... John F. Holdstock
Vince Barnett ... Drunk in Diner
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Before Ruth Vincent, daughter of a state governor, and state attorney general Robert Sheldon can announce their marriage, the governor is accused of bribe-taking. To avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, they decide to keep their marriage secret. The political intrigue becomes more involved, and no one is quite what they seem. Soon Sheldon and Ruth must decide between saving the governor's career and an innocent person's life. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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SHE BARED HER HEART for ANOTHER WOMAN (Print Ad- Evening Star, ((Washington DC)) 25 January 1935)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His Secret Bride See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $10,000 in supposed bribe money would equate to about $186,000 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

When Ruth goes to Robert's office after witnessing the debate in the state legislature, she tells him she has just returned from the Senate, not the House, where she had been watching the proceeding. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Things You Never See on the Screen (1935) See more »

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Poor Little Doll
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Written by Lew Pollack, Herman Pincus and Billy Barry
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Nothing too special here; contrived drama with a dry style
16 December 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Fairly standard murder melodrama (you wouldn't want to call it a whodunnit; it's too painfully obvious who did it). Stanwyck and her husband (the D.A.) must hide the fact that they are married until they find the evidence to clear her dad (the governor) from charges of accepting a bribe. The more they try to hide their involvement, the more they seem to implicate themselves and her father in an expanding list of crimes.

The cast is good, but the material is a bit too dry, lacks polish, and the pace is slow. Involving, but not intriguing, nor particularly memorable.


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