Bride by Mistake (1944)

80-81 mins | Drama | 1944

Director:

Richard Wallace

Producer:

Bert Granet

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

Les Millbrook

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Walter E. Keller

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was That Hunter Girl. According to a news item in HR, John Lockert was assigned to edit the film, but his death on 14 May 1944 prevented his participation in the project. Another news item in HR notes that the sprinkler scene was filmed at Pickfair, the Beverly Hills mansion owned by Mary Pickford. Other location shots were filmed in Monterey, CA. Bride by Mistake marked the first producer credit for screenwriter Bert Granet. RKO borrowed Marsha Hunt from M-G-M, Allyn Joslyn from Twentieth Century-Fox and Alan Marshal from David O. Selznick Productions for the film. Norman Krasna's story was first filmed by RKO in 1934 under the title The Richest Girl in the World. That picture was directed by William A. Seiter and starred Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1931-40; F3.3726). Marsha Hunt and Laraine Day reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 1 Jan 1945, co-starring John Hodiak. ...

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The working title of this film was That Hunter Girl. According to a news item in HR, John Lockert was assigned to edit the film, but his death on 14 May 1944 prevented his participation in the project. Another news item in HR notes that the sprinkler scene was filmed at Pickfair, the Beverly Hills mansion owned by Mary Pickford. Other location shots were filmed in Monterey, CA. Bride by Mistake marked the first producer credit for screenwriter Bert Granet. RKO borrowed Marsha Hunt from M-G-M, Allyn Joslyn from Twentieth Century-Fox and Alan Marshal from David O. Selznick Productions for the film. Norman Krasna's story was first filmed by RKO in 1934 under the title The Richest Girl in the World. That picture was directed by William A. Seiter and starred Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1931-40; F3.3726). Marsha Hunt and Laraine Day reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 1 Jan 1945, co-starring John Hodiak.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Jul 1944
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Daily Variety
27 Jul 1944
p. 3
Film Daily
27 Jul 1944
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 1944
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 1944
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 1944
p. 4, 23
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 1944
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1944
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 1944
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jul 1944
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 May 1944
p. 1890
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Jul 1944
p. 2017
New York Times
16 Sep 1944
p. 20
Variety
2 Aug 1944
p. 20
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Les Milbrook
Ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
C. Bakaleinikoff
Mus dir
Mus
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
That Hunter Girl
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 Sep 1944
Production Date:
late Mar--mid May 1944
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
9 August 1944
LP13005
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Length(in feet):
7,290
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10057
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At the plush La Playa Hotel in Santa Barbara, where soldiers from the U. S. Air Force await their reassignments, officer Tony Travis notices the neighboring estate of weatlhy heiress Nora Hunter and wonders what it would be like to have her money. Meanwhile, at the Hunter estate, Nora's secretary, Sylvia Lockwood, who often impersonates her publicity-shy boss in public, informs Nora that she plans to leave for Washington with her new husband, Phil Vernon. Nora begs Sylvia to stay until she marries her fiancé Donald, who has just returned from the war. Sylvia agrees but when Donald appears, he tells Sylvia that he is breaking their engagement because he has fallen in love with someone else. He advises Nora to marry a man who loves her so much that he does not care about her money. To cheer up Nora, Sylvia suggests inviting the neighboring servicemen to a party, and Nora agrees on the condition that Sylvia pretends to be her. At the party, Nora, posing as Sylvia, meets Tony and plays a game of pool with him. She is charmed by Tony, but he seems to be more interested in Sylvia. When both Nora and Tony catch a cold after becoming trapped in the estate's spouting sprinklers, Tony medicates them with a potent alcoholic drink. While tipsy, he tells Nora that he would never marry without love. To test Tony, Nora decides to continue her charade and invites him for a weekend at her beach house with Sylvia, Phil and Jonathan Connors, her overprotective guardian. At the beach, Nora begins to confess her love to Tony, but is rebuffed when he ...

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At the plush La Playa Hotel in Santa Barbara, where soldiers from the U. S. Air Force await their reassignments, officer Tony Travis notices the neighboring estate of weatlhy heiress Nora Hunter and wonders what it would be like to have her money. Meanwhile, at the Hunter estate, Nora's secretary, Sylvia Lockwood, who often impersonates her publicity-shy boss in public, informs Nora that she plans to leave for Washington with her new husband, Phil Vernon. Nora begs Sylvia to stay until she marries her fiancé Donald, who has just returned from the war. Sylvia agrees but when Donald appears, he tells Sylvia that he is breaking their engagement because he has fallen in love with someone else. He advises Nora to marry a man who loves her so much that he does not care about her money. To cheer up Nora, Sylvia suggests inviting the neighboring servicemen to a party, and Nora agrees on the condition that Sylvia pretends to be her. At the party, Nora, posing as Sylvia, meets Tony and plays a game of pool with him. She is charmed by Tony, but he seems to be more interested in Sylvia. When both Nora and Tony catch a cold after becoming trapped in the estate's spouting sprinklers, Tony medicates them with a potent alcoholic drink. While tipsy, he tells Nora that he would never marry without love. To test Tony, Nora decides to continue her charade and invites him for a weekend at her beach house with Sylvia, Phil and Jonathan Connors, her overprotective guardian. At the beach, Nora begins to confess her love to Tony, but is rebuffed when he confides that he is afraid to approach Sylvia because he fears her rejection. Disillusioned, Nora urges Tony to woo Sylvia, and that night, while Phil, Connors and Nora play cards, Tony romances Sylvia in the next room. Drunk on Tony's medicinal potion, Sylvia accepts Tony's proposal, and Connors warns Nora to stop playing games and tell Tony the truth. Later that night, Tony sees Phil sneak into Sylvia's room, and the next morning, Tony tells Sylvia that he is breaking their engagement. To test Tony further, Nora says that she had switched rooms with Sylvia and that Phil was visiting her. When Phil comes to the breakfast table singing, Tony slugs him and carries Nora out of the house and marries her. In their honeymoon motel room, Nora tells Tony to read their marriage license, and he finally realizes that he has married an heiress and not a secretary.

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