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His Brother's Wife (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1936 (USA)
Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), John Meehan (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Rita Wilson Claybourne
Robert Taylor ... Chris Claybourne
Jean Hersholt ... Professor Fahrenheim
Joseph Calleia ... 'Fish-Eye'
John Eldredge ... Tom Claybourne
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Claybourne
Phyllis Clare ... Clara (scenes deleted)
Leonard Mudie ... Pete
Jed Prouty ... Bill Arnold
Pedro de Cordoba ... Dr. Capolo
Rafael Corio Rafael Corio ... Captain Tanetz
William Stack William Stack ... Winters
Edgar Edwards ... Charlie
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Storyline

Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by marrying Claybourne's brother although she still loves him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

WHEN BOB KISSES THEM...THEY STAY KISSED!!! (Print Ad- Newburgh News, ((Newburgh, NY)) 14 August 1936) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Brother's Wife See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$367,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did very well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $755,000 ($13.2M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Chris Claybourne: [gesturing toward a portrait] Tough old bird; he had a wooden leg and a glass eye.
Rita Wilson Claybourne: Which is the glass eye, the one on the right?
Chris Claybourne: Yeah. How'd you know?
Rita Wilson Claybourne: Oh, I don't know. It has a kinder expression than the real one.
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Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't We Fall in Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played as dance music at the nightclub
Sung by an unidentified black man at the nightclub
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Groan
16 April 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This movie ran about an hour and a half, but it seemed longer than "Gone with the Wind." "His Brother's Wife" is the story of a playboy (Taylor) who decides to go into the jungle to find a cure for spotted fever. Before he leaves, he meets Stanwyck, and they fall in love. That, however, doesn't keep him from wanting to leave for the jungle - and even when it does, his father talks him back into it. So off he goes, leaving a furious and heartbroken Stanwyck behind. She retaliates by marrying his brother.

This thing is all over the place, though Stanwyck and Taylor are a darling couple and have great chemistry. MGM always put too much makeup on Taylor - I'm sure he looked just great without it.

Not recommended - you can see Taylor and Stanwyck in better films.


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