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In Name Only
     

In Name Only

Director: John Cromwell

Cast: Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Kay Francis

 
Based on Memory of Love, a novel by Bessie Breuer, In Name Only is soap opera par excellence, blessed with a peerless cast. Carole Lombard plays widow Julie Eden, who meets and falls in love with unhappily married Alec Walker (Cary Grant). Having married Alec solely for his wealth and family prestige, his manipulative wife, Maida (Kay Francis), has

Overview

Based on Memory of Love, a novel by Bessie Breuer, In Name Only is soap opera par excellence, blessed with a peerless cast. Carole Lombard plays widow Julie Eden, who meets and falls in love with unhappily married Alec Walker (Cary Grant). Having married Alec solely for his wealth and family prestige, his manipulative wife, Maida (Kay Francis), has managed to convince everyone -- even Alec's parents -- that she is the victimized one and that Alec is an irresponsible philanderer. Making matters worse, Maida refuses to give Alec a divorce so that he can find happiness in the arms of the sweet, unassuming Julie. Almost miraculously, Maida agrees to let Alec go, only to capriciously renege at the last minute and sue Julie for alienation of affections. Disconsolately, Alec goes on a bender, falling asleep in front of an open window and contracting pneumonia. As Alec lays seriously ill in a hospital bed, Julie tearfully agrees to give him up if only Maida will try to make him happy. But Maida isn't about to give up this moment of triumph, cheerfully bragging about her underhanded methods and her intention to take Alec for every penny that he has. Without giving away the outcome, it can be noted that, figuratively speaking, loose lips sink ships. Though In Name Only could have been a wallow in bathos, the performances by the stars -- and the knowing direction of John Cromwell -- elevate the production to the level of "romance classic."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although one might have expected a film containing screwball experts Cary Grant and Carole Lombard to be a riotous comedy, In Name Only turns out to be a tear-jerking melodrama instead. It's not bad, as weepies go, but it's not as special as it should be either, given the impressive cast. The fault lies with the screenplay, which is turgid and overblown, even for the genre. While the basic premise is workable and believable, its execution results in twists and turns that are forced and unacceptable. This is especially true where the character of Maida is concerned. The writers have made her so conniving and contemptuous that she unbalances the story. Fortunately, she is played deliciously by Kay Francis, who practically steals the picture with her gloriously self-centered performance. This is not to slight Grant and Lombard, both of whom are in top dramatic form and elevate the film far above its script. John Cromwell's direction also adds spark to the film, and he uses his sure technique to milk every last tear from the viewer. Indeed, Cromwell and the cast make sure that plenty of handkerchiefs are needed by viewers, even those who will feel guilty for crying at such blatant manipulation.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2011
UPC:
0883316140321
Original Release:
1939
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
4,661

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Julie Eden
Cary Grant Alec Walker
Kay Francis Maida Walker
Charles Coburn Mr. Richard Walker
Katherine Alexander Laura Morton
Helen Vinson Suzanne Duress
Peggy Ann Garner Ellen Eden
Jonathan Hale Dr. Edward "Ned" Gateson
Maurice Moscovich Dr. Muller
Nella Walker Mrs. Grace Walker
Spencer Charters Fred, Gardener
James Adamson Actor
John Dilson Actor
Byron Foulger Owen
Gus Glassmire Hospital Attendant
Douglas Gordon Steward
Mary MacLaren Nurse
Bert Moorhouse College Man
George Rosener Dr. Hastings, Hotel Doctor
Allen Wood Actor
Alan Baxter Charley, Drunk in Bar
Arthur Aylesworth Farmer on truck
Jack Chapin Bellhop
Charles Coleman Archie Duress
Sam Harris Party guest
Lloyd Ingraham Elevator operator
John Laing Chauffeur
Harriet Matthews Boat passenger
Tony Merlo Waiter
Harold Miller Boat passenger
Frank Mills Bartender
Clive Morgan Party guest
Sandra Morgan Boat passenger
Alex Pollard Butler
Frank Puglia Tony, Restaurant Manager
Robert Strange Hotel manager
Grady Sutton Paul Graham, Suzanne's Escort
Kathryn Wilson Party Guest
Florence Wix Party guest

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Perry Ferguson Art Director
George Haight Producer
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh McDowell Sound/Sound Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Richard Sherman Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Dewey Starkey Asst. Director
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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