Always a Bride (1940)

58 mins | Comedy | 2 November 1940

Director:

Noel Mason Smith

Writer:

Robert E. Kent

Cinematographer:

Charles Schoenbaum

Editor:

Frank Magee

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 1936 Warner Bros. film Brides Are Like That was also based on the Barry Conners play (see ... More Less

The 1936 Warner Bros. film Brides Are Like That was also based on the Barry Conners play (see below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Dec 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Nov 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Nov 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Nov 40
p. 36
Variety
27 Nov 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Applesauce by Barry Conners (New York, 28 Sep 1925).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 November 1940
Production Date:
began mid September 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10017
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6728
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When charming but shiftless Michael Stevens proposes to Alice Bond with a diamond ring that he has charged to his uncle's account, she tells him that she has already gotten engaged to stable but boring Marshall Winkler. Flattery is second nature to Michael, who professes to believe that Alice could not have chosen a better mate. Several weeks later, at a fund-raising dance in honor of Mayor Paul Loomis, Alice and Marshall quarrel over the mayor. Alice believes that he is dishonest, but Marshall, who has benefitted from the mayor's patronage, defends him. Michael is also at the dance and takes the opportunity to ask Alice if he can come to say goodbye later that evening. When Michael arrives, he finds Marshall waiting for him and proceeds to tell Marshall the bad points of marriage. Marshall's response makes Alice so angry that she breaks their engagement. After Marshall leaves, Michael returns and convinces Alice to marry him instead. To her parents' dismay, marriage does not change Michael; he is still as irresponsible as ever. Finally, after Alice's parents threaten to take her home if Michael does not get a job, he decides to take the county tax assessor's job that the mayor offered him earlier. The mayor tells him the assessor's job has been filled, but offers him a job as his opponent in the coming election. Michael accepts, then decides to put up a real fight. In his speech he tells the public the truth about the fixed elections, instigating a campaign to elect a new mayor. Michael even convinces his reluctant in-laws to cast their votes ... +


When charming but shiftless Michael Stevens proposes to Alice Bond with a diamond ring that he has charged to his uncle's account, she tells him that she has already gotten engaged to stable but boring Marshall Winkler. Flattery is second nature to Michael, who professes to believe that Alice could not have chosen a better mate. Several weeks later, at a fund-raising dance in honor of Mayor Paul Loomis, Alice and Marshall quarrel over the mayor. Alice believes that he is dishonest, but Marshall, who has benefitted from the mayor's patronage, defends him. Michael is also at the dance and takes the opportunity to ask Alice if he can come to say goodbye later that evening. When Michael arrives, he finds Marshall waiting for him and proceeds to tell Marshall the bad points of marriage. Marshall's response makes Alice so angry that she breaks their engagement. After Marshall leaves, Michael returns and convinces Alice to marry him instead. To her parents' dismay, marriage does not change Michael; he is still as irresponsible as ever. Finally, after Alice's parents threaten to take her home if Michael does not get a job, he decides to take the county tax assessor's job that the mayor offered him earlier. The mayor tells him the assessor's job has been filled, but offers him a job as his opponent in the coming election. Michael accepts, then decides to put up a real fight. In his speech he tells the public the truth about the fixed elections, instigating a campaign to elect a new mayor. Michael even convinces his reluctant in-laws to cast their votes for him, and he wins the election by one vote. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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