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They Wanted to Marry (1937)

Newspaper photographer Jim Tyler sneaks into a society girl's wedding, and the bride's sister (mad-cap heiress Sheila Hunter) decides she prefers him to her upper-crust suitors. She even ... See full summary »


Lew Landers


Paul Yawitz (screen play), Ethel B. Borden (screen play) (as Ethel Borden) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Betty Furness ... Sheila
Gordon Jones ... Jim
E.E. Clive ... Stiles
Patsy Parsons ... Patsy (as Patsy Lee Parsons)
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Hunter
Frank M. Thomas ... Detective
Charles C. Wilson ... Clark (as Charles Wilson)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Freckles (as William Benedict)
Diana Gibson ... Helen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmund Cobb ... Hatcheck Servant at Wedding Reception (unconfirmed)
John Shelton ... George (unconfirmed)


Newspaper photographer Jim Tyler sneaks into a society girl's wedding, and the bride's sister (mad-cap heiress Sheila Hunter) decides she prefers him to her upper-crust suitors. She even likes his pigeon, who travels everywhere with him. Written by Shu

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PERFECTLY MATCHED! Her blue-blood background and his yellow journal foreground was the match that set fire to Park Avenue!


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Release Date:

5 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ray Mayer and Moroni Olsen were in a Hollywood Reporter cast list for this movie, but they did not appear. See more »

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Mike the cop moves into high society
11 October 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In yet another film about a dizzy heiress, Betty Furness is the heiress who has a whirlwind romance with a newspaperman. Unlike It Happened One Night, the grand daddy of all these heiress films, the newspaperman here is a photographer.

Gordon Jones plays the photographer and he like predecessor Johnny Mack Brown of the Crimson Tide of Alabama moved on to the cinema. Jones who is best remembered for playing Mike the cop in the Abbott&Costello show in the Fifties was slim and trim playing at first young juvenile leading men before he put on a little beef and did comic parts. Later on it was discovered that Jones had a really good slow burn technique and a comically explosive temper that was put to good use in films and television culminating in his Abbott&Costello part.

None of that is on display here, Jones gets an assignment to photograph the wedding of the daughter of a most reclusive millionaire Henry Kolker. He does that, but also falls for the younger daughter Furness. Of course they have a rocky road, but true love will triumph in the end as it always did back then.

Jones and Furness are kind of colorless here which is another reason that Jones moved on to comedy. But Henry Kolker, Franklin Pangborn as a flustered house detective and E.E. Clive as Kolker's much put upon butler really give They Wanted To Marry a lot of verve.

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