They All Kissed the Bride
|They All Kissed the Bride|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alexander Hall|
|Produced by||Edward Kaufman|
|Written by||Andrew Solt|
(as Andrews P. Solt)
|Screenplay by||P. J. Wolfson|
|Story by||Gina Kaus|
(as Andrew P. Solt)
|Music by||Werner R. Heymann|
|Edited by||Viola Lawrence|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
The plot follows a trucking firm executive who falls in love.
Margaret Drew (Crawford) runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes (Douglas) who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time for men, the effect an attractive stranger has on her at her sister's wedding is unnerving. When it turns out this is the hated writer, she starts seriously to lose her bearings.
- Joan Crawford as Margaret "M.J." Drew
- Melvyn Douglas as Michael Holmes
- Roland Young as Marsh
- Billie Burke as Mrs. Drew
- Allen Jenkins as Johnny Johnson
- Andrew Tombes as Crane
- Helen Parrish as Vivian Drew
- Emory Parnell as Mahoney
- Mary Treen as Susie Johnson
- Nydia Westman as Secretary
- Ivan F. Simpson as Dr. Cassell
- Roger Clark as Stephen Pettingill
- Edward Gargan as Private policeman
They All Kissed the Bride was originally slated to star Carole Lombard in a follow-up film to the successful To Be or Not to Be. However, she died in a 1942 plane crash after departing Las Vegas on her way back from a bond-selling tour in. Louis B. Mayer at MGM agreed to let Crawford place on loan to Columbia, where producer Edward Kaufman had to rework the script to fit Crawford's style of comedy. In fact, Mayer rarely lent out stars of Crawford's stature, not wanting other studios to profit from MGM's star-making machine. Crawford insisted that Melvyn Douglas (with whom she had appeared in the 1938 flop The Shining Hour) star opposite her.
As of 2018, They All Kissed the Bride and Letty Lynton are the only two Joan Crawford major sound motion pictures that have never officially been released onto DVD in the US. Although They All Kissed the Bride was released onto VHS more than 20 years prior as a Columbia Classics title.
- "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
- "They All Kissed the Bride". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
- "They All Kissed the Bride". Amazon. Retrieved May 17,2018.