This Marriage Business


This Marriage Business with Vicki Lester, Allan Lane, and Victor Moore.  Victor Moore played the main creditor in the last movie I saw, She's Got Everything.  He has a wonderfully low-key acting style.  I wonder whether the director would have to keep asking him to speak up.  The female lead is played by Vicki Lester, which was the name adopted by Esther Blodgett in A Star Is Born, the first version of which was released in 1937.  As far as I know there is no relation.

Okay, the movie...
While pursuing an eloping heiress, reporter Bill Bennett (Lane) stumbles across a small town marriage license clerk named Jud Parker (Moore).  Parker claims that no couple that he has issued a license to has ever gotten divorced.  Bill plays up this angle in his newspaper story and soon the small town is a booming elopement destination.  Bill falls in love with Parker's beautiful daughter, Nancy (Lester), but she already has a boyfriend, plus she is not sure of Bill's motives or character. Also, there are gangsters, an illegal casino, corrupt politicians and Parker is framed for murder.

Familiar face: Jack Carson as 'Candid', Bill's photographer.

Here's something you don't see today... a date involving pulling taffy:

Bill watches Nancy and her boyfriend pull taffy

She's Got Everything


This is the last of five movies from the 1930's in which Ann Sothern starred opposite Gene Raymond. Ann plays once-wealthy socialite Carol Rogers who (upon the death of her father) finds herself not only broke, but seriously in debt.  The men to whom she owes money conspire to get her to married to a wealthy man so that she will have the means to pay them back.  Carol dismisses the idea and wants to get a job. One of the debt holders (played by Victor Moore) takes charge and sets her up as secretary to wealthy coffee magnate Fuller Partridge (Gene Raymond), still hoping for a lucrative marriage.

In the final scene Sothern and Raymond are married in a ceremony on the back of a crowded truck that is racing to make the departure of the Queen Mary.  The gag here is that there is so much noise that the couple can't hear the Justice of the Peace asking them to say "I Do."  In my newspaper search I found that this scene was used as the basis for a Lucky Strike ad campaign:
The loudest "I do" a bride ever spoke! Even after such throat-taxing scenes, Anne Sothern finds Luckies gentle on her throat...

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