Brilliant Marriage (March 25, 1936)
Released on March 25, 1936: When a wealthy heiress discovers the terrible family secret that has been hidden from her since birth, her world is turned upside down.
Produced by Maury M. Cohen
Directed by Phil Rosen
Written by Ursula Parrott and Paul Perez
The Actors: Joan Marsh (Madge Allison), Ray Walker (Garry Dane), Inez Courtney (Sally Patrick), Hugh Marlowe (Dick Taylor), Doris Lloyd (Mrs. Madeleine Allison), Ann Codee (Yvette Duval), Olive Tell (Mrs. Jane Taylor), Holmes Herbert (Mr. Rodney Allison), Robert Adair (Thorne the butler), Barbara Bradford (Brenda), Dick Elliott (newspaper editor), Herbert Ashley (Ship's Captain), Kathryn Sheldon (Ellen the maid), Victor Wong (Wong), George Cleveland (bartender), Lynton Brent (Blaine), Lester Dorr (art critic), Jack Kirk (sailor), Clyde McClary (sailor)
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The Skeleton in the Closet
In 1936 the ‘400’ wealthiest families in America were the stuff of dreams for the rest of the world . . . . which was deep into the poverty of the Great Depression. During the deep recession of the 1980’s in America one of the most popular shows on television was ‘Dallas’ and the ‘Who Shot J.R.’ episode. It seems that while the majority of folk are suffering through tough times they take great pleasure in watching the problems of the ultra-wealthy . . . Some to dream of rising from poverty to wealth, and some just to glory in the foibles of the wealthy.
As this 1936 romantic adventure begins heiress Madge Allison, played by Joan Marsh, is having her coming out party that is attended by the wealthiest families on Park Avenue. Ray Walker plays the part of an aggressive newspaper reporter trying to crash the party, but the Allison butler is able to give him the bum’s rush so that he cannot mingle with the wealthy and collect enough dirt for a good newspaper article.
After the party is over and all of the wealthy guests have gone home, there is a knock at the front door and a woman with a thick French accent tells the butler to announce her as the skeleton that is coming out of the closet. Madge and her mother and father are relaxing in the living room after the party as the French woman enters the room and introduces herself.
Madge’s father and mother become terribly frightened and anxious, and her father suggests that he and the lady continue the conversation in privacy. The French gal will have nothing of it, and quickly blurts out the information that will change the future of the beautiful young heiress forever.
Earlier during the party Madge tells longtime boyfriend Dick that although she likes him a lot, and knows that everyone expects them to one day marry . . . She is looking for a romance that will knock her out of her socks . . . and that is something that all of Dick’s money cannot do.
This leads to that and Madge starts seeing the reporter who once tried to crash her party, and she thinks that she is falling in love with the not-rich reporter who is just wild enough to excite her . . . Unfortunately, there is a girl reporter on the newspaper who wants the reporter, and when the reporter dumps her for the wealthy heiress she gets her revenge by digging up the skeleton that haunts the heiress and soon everyone’s world is thrust into chaos.
Wealthy heiress, dark secrets from the past, competing suitors, jealous girlfriends . . . where will it end . . . maybe with a brilliant marriage or two? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Screen credit for Joan Marsh
Screen Credit for Ray Walker
Screen credit for Inez Courtney
Screen credit for Hugh Marlowe
Screen credit for Doris Lloyd
Screen credit for Ann Codee
Screen credit for Olive Tell
Screen credit for Holmes Herbert
Screen credit for Robert Adair
Screen credit for Barbara Bedford
Ann Codee and Joan Marsh
Ann Codee and Robert Adair
Barbara Bedford and Joan Marsh
Doris Lloyd and Holmes Herbert
George Cleveland and Ann Codee
George Cleveland and Inez Courtney
Holmes Herbert and Ann Codee
Holmes Herbert and Hugh Marlowe
Inez Courtney at the party
Inez Courtney and Dick Elliott
Inez Courtney and Ray Walker
Joan Marsh, Doris Lloyd and Holmes Herbert
Joan Marsh and Herbert Ashley
Joan Marsh and Hugh Marlowe
Joan Marsh and Ray Walker
Olive Tell and Hugh Marlowe
Ray Walker and Inez Courtney
Ray Walker meets Joan Marsh
Ray Walker woos Joan Marsh
Robert Adair and Ray Walker