That Certain Woman (1937)

91 or 93 mins | Melodrama | 18 September 1937

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Edmund Goulding

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to Warner Bros. records, Constance Bennett was interested in playing Mary, and John Barrymore and John Litel were tested as Rogers. Litel was later cast as "Clark Tilden" but was replaced by Minor Watson. The film was based on Edmund Goulding's earlier script for The Trespasser, starring Gloria Swanson, which he also directed (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5834). ...

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According to Warner Bros. records, Constance Bennett was interested in playing Mary, and John Barrymore and John Litel were tested as Rogers. Litel was later cast as "Clark Tilden" but was replaced by Minor Watson. The film was based on Edmund Goulding's earlier script for The Trespasser, starring Gloria Swanson, which he also directed (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5834).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 Aug 1937
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 1937
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
29 Jul 1937
p. 8
Motion Picture Herald
29 May 1937
p. 41
Motion Picture Herald
7 Aug 1937
p. 48, 52
New York Times
16 Sep 1937
p. 29
Variety
4 Aug 1937
p. 19
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
Ted Ellsworth
Ward
Ward
MUSIC
SOUND
Mixer
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Bob Fellows
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 September 1937
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 Sep 1937
Production Date:
began early Apr 1937
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
26 July 1937
LP7398
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91 or 93
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3296
SYNOPSIS

Mary Donnell, the widow of gangster Al Haines, is quietly working for prominent lawyer Lloyd Rogers, when a muckracking journalist named Virgil Whitaker drags up her past and threatens her happiness. Rogers and Mary convince Whitaker not to print the story, but fearing exposure, Mary turns down millionaire playboy Jack Merrick's marriage proposal. Rogers, who secretly loves Mary, tells Jack her story, which only further endears her to him. On their wedding night, Jack's father follows the couple, demanding an annulment. Jack protests, but Merrick, Sr. stands firm. Mary gives up the fight, hoping that Jack will come after her. She moves in with her old friend Amy and hides her son Jackie from the Merrick family. Jack then marries society girl Florence "Flip" Carson, but on their honeymoon, Flip is permanently crippled in an auto accident. Eventually, Mary accepts Rogers' love and financial support, hoping that Mrs. Rogers will not be hurt. However, when Rogers dies in Mary's apartment, the press suggests that Jackie is his child. Jack visits Mary and learns that he is Jackie's father. Merrick, Sr. takes legal action to adopt Jackie, but it is Flip, whom Mary both admires and pities, who inspires Mary to give Jackie up. Years later, Virgil, who has befriended Mary during her troubles, finds her in Monte Carlo and tells her that Flip is dead, leaving Jack free to return to ...

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Mary Donnell, the widow of gangster Al Haines, is quietly working for prominent lawyer Lloyd Rogers, when a muckracking journalist named Virgil Whitaker drags up her past and threatens her happiness. Rogers and Mary convince Whitaker not to print the story, but fearing exposure, Mary turns down millionaire playboy Jack Merrick's marriage proposal. Rogers, who secretly loves Mary, tells Jack her story, which only further endears her to him. On their wedding night, Jack's father follows the couple, demanding an annulment. Jack protests, but Merrick, Sr. stands firm. Mary gives up the fight, hoping that Jack will come after her. She moves in with her old friend Amy and hides her son Jackie from the Merrick family. Jack then marries society girl Florence "Flip" Carson, but on their honeymoon, Flip is permanently crippled in an auto accident. Eventually, Mary accepts Rogers' love and financial support, hoping that Mrs. Rogers will not be hurt. However, when Rogers dies in Mary's apartment, the press suggests that Jackie is his child. Jack visits Mary and learns that he is Jackie's father. Merrick, Sr. takes legal action to adopt Jackie, but it is Flip, whom Mary both admires and pities, who inspires Mary to give Jackie up. Years later, Virgil, who has befriended Mary during her troubles, finds her in Monte Carlo and tells her that Flip is dead, leaving Jack free to return to Mary.

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