Consolation Marriage (1931)

82 mins | Drama | 21 November 1931

Director:

Paul H. Sloane

Producer:

William LeBaron

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The Hollywood premiere of Consolation Marriage was to be, according to RKO inter-office memos, the "first big opening since Cimarron , and the third in the history" of the company. Although she had a leading part in an earlier production, Bachelor Apartment , RKO considered "Mary Porter" to be Irene Dunne's first "starring" (name above the title) role. A FD news item announced that Matt Moore was replacing Raymond McKee, who had replaced Hugh Herbert, in the role of the colonel. Var gives the picture's running time as 62 minutes, but this length is probably an error. According to modern sources, Pat O'Brien was borrowed from Howard Hughes's Caddo Company for the production. This was the last film that O'Brien and Myrna Loy made together until the 1978 production The End . Modern sources include baby Pauline Stevens and Wilson Benge in the cast and state that associate producer Myles Connolly co-wrote the film's theme music, "Devotion," with Max ... More Less

The Hollywood premiere of Consolation Marriage was to be, according to RKO inter-office memos, the "first big opening since Cimarron , and the third in the history" of the company. Although she had a leading part in an earlier production, Bachelor Apartment , RKO considered "Mary Porter" to be Irene Dunne's first "starring" (name above the title) role. A FD news item announced that Matt Moore was replacing Raymond McKee, who had replaced Hugh Herbert, in the role of the colonel. Var gives the picture's running time as 62 minutes, but this length is probably an error. According to modern sources, Pat O'Brien was borrowed from Howard Hughes's Caddo Company for the production. This was the last film that O'Brien and Myrna Loy made together until the 1978 production The End . Modern sources include baby Pauline Stevens and Wilson Benge in the cast and state that associate producer Myles Connolly co-wrote the film's theme music, "Devotion," with Max Steiner. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
7 Jul 31
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Aug 31
p. 6.
Film Daily
1 Nov 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 31
p. 3.
International Photographer
Nov 31
p. 28.
Motion Picture Herald
Sep 31
p. 44.
New York Times
31 Oct
p. 26.
Variety
Nov 31
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
[Story] by
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
2d cam
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Scenery
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 November 1931
Premiere Information:
Hollywood premiere: 15 October 1931
New York premiere: 29 October 1931
Production Date:
completed 5 August 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 October 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2579
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After their respective lovers, Elaine Brandon and Aubrey, jilt them to marry wealthier suitors, Steve Porter and Mary Brown meet and become close friends. Although they are still in love with their former flames, Steve, a New York sports reporter, and Mary, a shop owner, decide to marry, agreeing to an "open" arrangement. Consequently, when Steve learns that Elaine is divorcing her rich English husband, he makes plans to leave for London and rejoin her, but then finds out that Mary is pregnant and that Jeff, his editor, has fired him. Still true to their marital agreement, Mary encourages Steve to go to Elaine, but he dutifully remains to take care of their baby girl. On the morning of their second wedding anniversary, however, Steve receives word from Elaine that she is in town and wants to see him. While Steve is having his hair cut in anticipation of meeting Elaine, Mary is called on by Aubrey, a classical pianist who has just deserted his unhappy marriage. Sure that the other mate wants to end the marriage, both Steve and Mary arrange to leave New York with their would-be lovers. Before either one can go through with the separation, however, each one, realizing not only their love for their child, but their love and need for each other, returns ... +


After their respective lovers, Elaine Brandon and Aubrey, jilt them to marry wealthier suitors, Steve Porter and Mary Brown meet and become close friends. Although they are still in love with their former flames, Steve, a New York sports reporter, and Mary, a shop owner, decide to marry, agreeing to an "open" arrangement. Consequently, when Steve learns that Elaine is divorcing her rich English husband, he makes plans to leave for London and rejoin her, but then finds out that Mary is pregnant and that Jeff, his editor, has fired him. Still true to their marital agreement, Mary encourages Steve to go to Elaine, but he dutifully remains to take care of their baby girl. On the morning of their second wedding anniversary, however, Steve receives word from Elaine that she is in town and wants to see him. While Steve is having his hair cut in anticipation of meeting Elaine, Mary is called on by Aubrey, a classical pianist who has just deserted his unhappy marriage. Sure that the other mate wants to end the marriage, both Steve and Mary arrange to leave New York with their would-be lovers. Before either one can go through with the separation, however, each one, realizing not only their love for their child, but their love and need for each other, returns home. +

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