Borrowed Wives (1930)

62 mins | Comedy-drama | 20 August 1930

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HISTORY

Why Marry? was the original working title for this film. Referring to it by that name, the 24 May 1930 Hollywood Filmograph announced that the screenplay had recently been completed by Scott Darling, and Tiffany Productions, Inc.’s chief studio exec, Phil Goldstone, was currently casting the film. Glenn Hunter was hired to play the lead role of “Peter Foley”; however, although Borrowed Wives would have marked his talking picture debut, Hunter was forced to leave due to illness, as reported in the 9 Jun 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today. He was replaced by Rex Lease, and filming was completed at Tiffany’s studio in Hollywood, CA, by 21 Jun 1930, according to that day’s Hollywood Filmograph. The same day’s issue of Inside Facts of Stage and Screen announced a title change from Why Marry? to Scrambled Wives. The title was changed again to Borrowed Wives prior to the film’s 20 Aug 1930 release.
       In the 1931 Film Daily Year Book, dialogue director Leander de Cordova was also credited as a dialoguer. ...

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Why Marry? was the original working title for this film. Referring to it by that name, the 24 May 1930 Hollywood Filmograph announced that the screenplay had recently been completed by Scott Darling, and Tiffany Productions, Inc.’s chief studio exec, Phil Goldstone, was currently casting the film. Glenn Hunter was hired to play the lead role of “Peter Foley”; however, although Borrowed Wives would have marked his talking picture debut, Hunter was forced to leave due to illness, as reported in the 9 Jun 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today. He was replaced by Rex Lease, and filming was completed at Tiffany’s studio in Hollywood, CA, by 21 Jun 1930, according to that day’s Hollywood Filmograph. The same day’s issue of Inside Facts of Stage and Screen announced a title change from Why Marry? to Scrambled Wives. The title was changed again to Borrowed Wives prior to the film’s 20 Aug 1930 release.
       In the 1931 Film Daily Year Book, dialogue director Leander de Cordova was also credited as a dialoguer.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Burlington Daily Times [Burlington, NC]
31 Dec 1930
p. 10
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
9 Jun 1930
p. 3
Exhibitors Herald-World
13 Dec 1930
p. 12
Film Daily
12 Oct 1930
p. 15
Film Daily Year Book
1931
p. 75
Harrison's Reports
13 Sep 1930
pp. 147-148
Hollywood Filmograph
24 May 1930
p. 12
Hollywood Filmograph
7 Jun 1930
p. 18
Hollywood Filmograph
14 Jun 1930
p. 22
Hollywood Filmograph
21 Jun 1930
p. 27
Hollywood Filmograph
26 Jul 1930
p. 10
Inside Facts of Stage and Screen
21 Jun 1930
p. 11
La Crosse Tribune [La Crosse, WI]
1 Mar 1931
p. 14
Los Angeles Times
6 Sep 1930
p. 21
Los Angeles Times
30 Sep 1930
p. 11
Mason City Globe Gazette [Mason City, IA]
18 May 1931
p. 2
Motion Picture News
14 Jun 1930
p. 84
Motion Picture News
13 Sep 1930
p. 52
Motion Picture News
30 Sep 1930
p. 52
Motion Picture Reviews
Oct 1930
p. 3
News-Pilot [San Pedro, CA]
19 Sep 1930
p. 2
San Francisco Examiner
18 Sep 1930
p. 88
San Francisco Examiner
21 Sep 1930
p. 51
Screenland
Jan 1931
p. 106
Variety
29 Oct 1930
p. 27
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Scrambled Wives
Why Marry?
Release Date:
20 August 1930
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 6 Sep 1930; San Francisco opening: 18 Sep 1930
Production Date:
ended late Jun 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Tiffany Productions, Inc.
18 August 1930
LP1508
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,997
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Peter Foley's grandfather wills him $1 million provided that he gets married. Peter plans to marry Alice Blake as soon as she arrives from Kansas City and to take her to his Uncle Henry's home before midnight. Her airplane is delayed, and Parker, to whom Peter is in debt, insists that his own girl friend, Julia, pose as Peter's wife. Alice is informed by Joe Blair that Peter is actually married to Julia; she agrees to marry Joe if this is true; and they are pursued by Bull, a motorcycle policeman who loves Julia. Complications follow at Uncle Henry's: Lawyer Winstead, who is found bound and gagged, agrees to marry them; the uncle, revealed to be posing as a paralytic, is exposed as a villain; and Peter and Alice are married before the hour appointed in the ...

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Peter Foley's grandfather wills him $1 million provided that he gets married. Peter plans to marry Alice Blake as soon as she arrives from Kansas City and to take her to his Uncle Henry's home before midnight. Her airplane is delayed, and Parker, to whom Peter is in debt, insists that his own girl friend, Julia, pose as Peter's wife. Alice is informed by Joe Blair that Peter is actually married to Julia; she agrees to marry Joe if this is true; and they are pursued by Bull, a motorcycle policeman who loves Julia. Complications follow at Uncle Henry's: Lawyer Winstead, who is found bound and gagged, agrees to marry them; the uncle, revealed to be posing as a paralytic, is exposed as a villain; and Peter and Alice are married before the hour appointed in the will.

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