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Half Marriage (October 13, 1929)

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Half Marriage
 

Released on October 13, 1929: (running time 1 hour and 9 minutes) A society girl secretly marries a poor man, while her wealthy childhood sweetheart continues to chase her.

Produced by William LeBaron

Directed by William J. Cowen

The Actors: Olive Borden (Judy Paige), Morgan Farley (Dickie Carroll), Ken Murray (Charles Turner), Ann Greenway (Ann Turner), Anderson Lawler (Tom Stribbling), Sally Blane (Sally), Hedda Hopper (Mrs. Madge Paige), Richard Tucker (Mr. George Paige), Henry Armetta (Henry, hot dog vendor), James Bradbury Jr. (Poverty), Harvey Clark (Justice of the Peace), G. Pat Collins (Police Detective Bob Mulhall), James Eagles (Matty, Sally's partner at the country club ball), Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra (themselves), Martha Mattox (Delilah, wife of the Justice of the Peace), Randolph Scott (nightclub patron), Will Stanton (elevator operator), Jack Trent (Rudy), Virginia Whiting (unknown)

 

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A Toast to the Poor Men We Love, and the Rich Men We Marry!

Olive Borden was an uninhibited, free-spirited, beautiful young woman when Mack Sennett hired her as a bathing beauty in his silent comedies. Soon she was one of the highest paid female stars on the silent movie screen. With her fun-loving personality, she was nicknamed ‘The Joy Girl,’ and she probably had more boyfriends during those silent movie years than she had motion picture credits.

When sound was introduced to silent movies in 1927, her salary was reduced so drastically that she left the studio to find fame with another studio. She did appear in several movies like this one, but her super-star status was never repeated in the sound era.

In 1942 when World War Two had begun, she joined the Army as a WAC, and was cited for bravery when she commandeered an enemy ammunition truck and wrecked it. Unfortunately, she hurt one of her feet pretty badly, and after the war she never got an acting part again. After trying to work at several menial jobs, she found herself penniless, and living in a home for destitute women in the skid row area of Los Angeles. She died there at the age of 41, in October of 1947, two years after the war ended. The only possession that she owned when she died was a signed picture of herself from her star years in silent movies.

In this pre-code romantic romp, Olive Borden is a wealthy young society girl who falls in love with a poor man while studying art in the city, and secretly marries him. Unfortunately, when she returns to her country estate, she decides that she cannot tell her parents about her marriage. Her childhood sweetheart still thinks that they will get married, and she parties with him and the wealthy class while her secret husband stays in town laboring for a very small salary. Her society boyfriend and her secret husband become open rivals for her affection, but she is adept at keeping them both happy and apart, until the evening that she kills one of them.

A toast to the man she loves, and a toast to the man she marries. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Anderson Lawler and Olive Borden
Anderson Lawler and Olive Borden
Anderson Lawler and Olive Borden
Anderson Lawler and Olive Borden
Ann Greenway
Ann Greenway
Ann Greenway and James Bradbury Jr.
Ann Greenway and James Bradbury Jr.
G. Pat Collins
G. Pat Collins
G. Pat Collins and Morgan Farley
G. Pat Collins and Morgan Farley
G. Pat Collins and Richard Tucker
G. Pat Collins and Richard Tucker
G. Pat Collins and Morgan Farley
G. Pat Collins and Morgan Farley
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
James Bradbury Jr.
James Bradbury Jr.
James Bradbury Jr., Ann Greenway, Ken Murray
James Bradbury Jr., Ann Greenway, Ken Murray
Ken Murray
Ken Murray
Morgan Farley
Morgan Farley
Richard Tucker and Hedda Hopper
Richard Tucker and Hedda Hopper
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley, Olive Borden, Anderson Lawler
Morgan Farley, Olive Borden, Anderson Lawler
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley and Olive Borden
Morgan Farley
Morgan Farley
Morgan Farley
Morgan Farley
Olive Borden
Olive Borden
Olive Borden and Anderson Lawler
Olive Borden and Anderson Lawler
Olive Borden and Morgan Farley
Olive Borden and Morgan Farley
Olive Borden
Olive Borden
Olive Borden and Morgan Farley
Olive Borden and Morgan Farley
Morgan Farley and Olive BordenRichard Tucker and Hedda Hopper
Richard Tucker and Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper, Olive Borden, Richard Tucker
Hedda Hopper, Olive Borden, Richard Tucker

Morgan Farley and Olive Borden