June Bride

June Bride

Director: Bretaigne Windust, Bette Davis, Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter

Cast: Bretaigne Windust, Bette Davis, Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter

     
 

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June Bride is based on Feature for June, a play by Eileen Tighe and Graeme Lorimer. Bette Davis plays the businesslike editor of a fashionable woman's magazine, who plans a feature on a "typical" midwestern marriage. She assigns her aide (and former fiance) Robert Montgomery to cover the story, a task he feels is beneath him. Even so, Montgomery keeps

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June Bride is based on Feature for June, a play by Eileen Tighe and Graeme Lorimer. Bette Davis plays the businesslike editor of a fashionable woman's magazine, who plans a feature on a "typical" midwestern marriage. She assigns her aide (and former fiance) Robert Montgomery to cover the story, a task he feels is beneath him. Even so, Montgomery keeps his mouth shut as Davis and her assistants Fay Bainter and Mary Wickes descend upon the hapless family of the bride and re-arrange the household so that it will be more "appealing" to the magazine's devoted readers. Unable to stand any more of this, Montgomery devilishly upsets the apple cart: he convinces the younger sister (Betty Lynn) of the bride (Barbara Bates) to elope with the groom (Raymond Roe), for whom the sister carries a torch. Infuriated by Montgomery's intervention, Davis fires him on the spot. She later relents, realizing that the change in marital plans will make an even better story than her original concept. In so doing, Davis finally admits that she's still in love with the cheeky Montgomery. One of the better Bette Davis vehicles of the late 1940s, June Bride is chock full of brisk, bright dialogue and appealing characters. Debbie Reynolds makes her film debut in the teeny-tiny part of a friend of the bride.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While far from a timeless classic (indeed, much of it will come across as hopelessly dated to many modern viewers), June Bride is an enjoyable little romantic comedy, one of the few which the illustrious Bette Davis made in her legendary career. To expand on that "dated" comment: this is a very period piece in terms of its view of male-female relationships and of how a woman should be prepared to take a secondary role in a relationship. This will be a stumbling block for many. But those willing to look the other way about this flaw will find a screenplay that, if predictable in its plotting, still offers plenty of opportunities for humor and a fair share of banter that sticks in the memory. (Davis's "you're about to drink someone's blood, probably mine" line is delivered with perfect inflection.) Davis and co-star Robert Montgomery are in great form, looking as if they're having a high old time despite rumors of constant conflict on the set. And the supporting cast, especially Fay Bainter, Mary Wickes and Barbara Btes, simply couldn't be better. Bretaigne Windust directs with a few surprising touches, not perhaps in terms of the camera but in terms of character and acting. All in all, worth watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2015
UPC:
0888574281571
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
24,293

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Linda Gilman
Robert Montgomery Carey Jackson
Fay Bainter Paula Winthrop
Betty Lynn Boo Brinker
Tom Tully Mr. Brinker
Barbara Bates Jeanne Brinker
Jerome Cowan Carleton Towne
Mary Wickes Rosemary McNally
James Burke Luke Potter
Raymond Roe Bud Mitchell
Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Brinker
Ray Montgomery Jim Mitchell
George O'Hanlon Scott Davis
Sandra Gould Miss Rubens
Jesse Adams Mrs. Lace
Raymond Bond Minister
Esther Howard Mrs. Mitchell
Alice Kelley Actor
Anne Kimbell Actor
Jack Mower Varga
Debbie Reynolds Boo's Girl Friend
Mary Stuart Plane Hostess
John Vosper Stafford
Lotta Williams Woody
Patricia Northrup Boo's Girlfriend

Technical Credits
Bretaigne Windust Director
Henry Blanke Producer
David Buttolph Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
William McGann Special Effects
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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