I Take This Woman (1931)

74 or 76 mins | Romance | 27 June 1931

Director:

Marion Gering

Cinematographer:

Victor Milner

Production Company:

Paramount Publix Corp.
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HISTORY

Mary Roberts Rinehart's novel was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (16 Apr-18 Jun 1927). The above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio and copyright cutting continuity. Working titles for this film were Rodeo Romance , Lost Ecstasy , Half Angel , and In Defense of Love . According to a studio memo, Paramount wanted a title that would "emphasize the romance rather than the western setting, and should reflect more of the boy's role than the girl's." An early draft of the script lists Nancy Carroll as the film's star and Lothar Mendes as director. In Jan 1931, MPH announced Paramount's plans to make Lombard--"she of the perfect figure"--a star. In its review of the film, Var states that "a few more performances like this from Carole Lombard and Paramount will have a new star on its ... More Less

Mary Roberts Rinehart's novel was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (16 Apr-18 Jun 1927). The above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio and copyright cutting continuity. Working titles for this film were Rodeo Romance , Lost Ecstasy , Half Angel , and In Defense of Love . According to a studio memo, Paramount wanted a title that would "emphasize the romance rather than the western setting, and should reflect more of the boy's role than the girl's." An early draft of the script lists Nancy Carroll as the film's star and Lothar Mendes as director. In Jan 1931, MPH announced Paramount's plans to make Lombard--"she of the perfect figure"--a star. In its review of the film, Var states that "a few more performances like this from Carole Lombard and Paramount will have a new star on its list." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
14 Jun 31
p. 16.
International Photographer
1 Jul 31
p. 36.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jan 31
p. 14.
New York Times
13 Jun 31
p. 20.
Variety
16-Jun-31
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Half Angel
In Defense of Love
Lost Ecstasy
Rodeo Romance
Release Date:
27 June 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 June 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2313
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74 or 76
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Kay Dowling, the willful daughter of wealthy Eastern parents, is sent to her father's ranch in Ursula, Wyoming, when he fears she will be named a co-respondent in a divorce case. Before she leaves, Kay's straight-laced suitor, Herbert Forrest, proposes, but Kay chooses the ranch over a honeymoon cruise. While on the ranch with her good-humored aunt Bessie, Kay falls reluctantly in love with cowhand Tom McNair and they marry. Her father disowns her, and she and Tom are forced to live in a one-room shack while Tom increases his cattle herd. A year passes and Kay longs for the comforts of the Dowlings' palatial estate. When she receives a telegram from home, she tells Tom her father is sick and deserts her husband. In New York, Kay writes Tom a letter asking for a divorce, but when he arrives at the estate and explains that he left the ranch to become a professional bronco rider in a rodeo, she assumes he never got the letter. Tom plays innocent until, during a party, he overhears the guests calling him a fool and tells Kay she can have her divorce. Realizing that with Herbert she is guaranteed only of a life of golf, Kay visits Tom at the rodeo. There, she sees him thrown from a bronco and reconciles with him. Now that his riding days are over, Tom decides to return to the ranch with ... +


Kay Dowling, the willful daughter of wealthy Eastern parents, is sent to her father's ranch in Ursula, Wyoming, when he fears she will be named a co-respondent in a divorce case. Before she leaves, Kay's straight-laced suitor, Herbert Forrest, proposes, but Kay chooses the ranch over a honeymoon cruise. While on the ranch with her good-humored aunt Bessie, Kay falls reluctantly in love with cowhand Tom McNair and they marry. Her father disowns her, and she and Tom are forced to live in a one-room shack while Tom increases his cattle herd. A year passes and Kay longs for the comforts of the Dowlings' palatial estate. When she receives a telegram from home, she tells Tom her father is sick and deserts her husband. In New York, Kay writes Tom a letter asking for a divorce, but when he arrives at the estate and explains that he left the ranch to become a professional bronco rider in a rodeo, she assumes he never got the letter. Tom plays innocent until, during a party, he overhears the guests calling him a fool and tells Kay she can have her divorce. Realizing that with Herbert she is guaranteed only of a life of golf, Kay visits Tom at the rodeo. There, she sees him thrown from a bronco and reconciles with him. Now that his riding days are over, Tom decides to return to the ranch with Kay. +

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