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Bride for Sale (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 12 November 1949 (USA)
Tax expert Nora Shelley thinks she can find a suitable husband by inspecting clients' tax documents.


William D. Russell


Bruce Manning (screenplay), Islin Auster (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Nora Shelley
Robert Young ... Steve Adams
George Brent ... Paul Martin
Max Baer ... Litka
Gus Schilling ... Timothy
Charles Arnt ... Dobbs
Mary Bear Mary Bear ... Miss Stone
Ann Tyrrell Ann Tyrrell ... Miss Swanson
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Gentry
Burk Symon Burk Symon ... Setley


Tax expert Nora Shelley thinks she can find a suitable husband by inspecting clients' tax documents.

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Claudette Colbert wants a carpet slipper kind of guy ... and winds up with a pair of heels!




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Release Date:

12 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brud til salg See more »

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Crest Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 5, 1950 with Robert Young and Claudette Colbert reprising their film roles. See more »


Nora Shelley: You want to see me?
Paul Martin: Yes. Sit down, Miss Shelley.
Nora Shelley: Oh, gladly. Ahhh, what a day!
Paul Martin: When are you planning on opening your own office, Miss Shelley?
Nora Shelley: What gives you that idea?
Paul Martin: Oh, certain things I've noticed.
Nora Shelley: What things?
Paul Martin: Things that make me believe that you're going into business for yourself.
Nora Shelley: What are you talking about?
Paul Martin: Well, that's what they all do: they work here a year, grab a few clients by deceit and treachery and then open offices of their own.
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With a cast like this, I expected much more.
23 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The script for "Bride for Sale" isn't particularly good, and it's a shame as it wastes a decent cast.

When the story begins, a very grouchy boss brings in a retired military guy to whip the office into shape. What he doesn't realize is that the military guy is a gal! Nora (Claudette Colbert) turns out to be fantastic for the company...but the boss (George Brent) is shocked when he learns she's looking to get married and settle into the life of a housewife...and he enlists the help of a friend (Robert Young) to try to change her mind.

This film simply tries too hard at times. The scenes with Colbert, Young and the fish is particularly so. Add a few overdone scenes to the confusing plot and you've got a disappointment for most viewers. Not a terrible film but it sure as heck should have been better...and funnier.

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