Love on the Run

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Overview

Having turned down the opportunity to produce Frank Capra's It Happened One Night 1934, MGM's Louis B. Mayer had second thoughts when the Capra film swept the 1935 Oscars ceremony. Mayer hastily commissioned an It Happened One Night wannabe titled Love on the Run, tailored for the talents of Joan Crawford and Clark Gable who, of course, had starred in the Capra picture, and had copped one of those Oscars. Gable and Franchot Tone play rival journalists Michael Anthony and Barnabas Pells, who travel the length and ...
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Overview

Having turned down the opportunity to produce Frank Capra's It Happened One Night 1934, MGM's Louis B. Mayer had second thoughts when the Capra film swept the 1935 Oscars ceremony. Mayer hastily commissioned an It Happened One Night wannabe titled Love on the Run, tailored for the talents of Joan Crawford and Clark Gable who, of course, had starred in the Capra picture, and had copped one of those Oscars. Gable and Franchot Tone play rival journalists Michael Anthony and Barnabas Pells, who travel the length and breadth of Europe to outscoop one another. Crawford portrays madcap heiress Sally Parker, who is engaged to marry fortune-hunting Prince Igor Ivan Lebedeff. Whereas in It Happened One Night the heroine Claudette Colbert linked up with Gable in order to expedite her elopement with the wrong man, in Love on the Run Crawford seeks out Gable's help to escape her impending marriage with Prince Igor. The two stars combine their flight across Europe with business, dogging the trail of international aviator Baron Spandermann Reginald Owen, whom Anthony suspects of being a spy. Pells goes along with Anthony and Parker, and soon all three of them are tied up literally, in Pells' case with an espionage ring. While it is Clark Gable who ends up with Joan Crawford at fadeout time, it was Franchot Tone who claimed her as his bride in real life.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
This screwball comedy may have been done in the shadow of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in charm -- indeed, with a supporting cast that includes Charles Judels and William Demarest, and even Donald Kerr in a wisecracking bit role, it would be difficult not to enjoy this madcap chase comedy, especially under the knowing directorial hand of W.S. Van Dyke The Thin Man. Before she became the queen of drama and left us a legacy to be exploited by Frank Perry, Faye Dunaway, etc., Joan Crawford knew how to do comedy and did more than her share -- here she's meek, tempestuous, defiant, and confused by turns, and she and Clark Gable have some chemistry, even if it isn't quite as beguiling as what he shared with Claudette Colbert in Capra's movie. There's also some unintended irony here, when Crawford's character talks about the pressures of intrusive reporters and demanding board of directors -- one wonders if Dunaway or, at least, Perry, looked at this picture and that scene before doing Mommie Dearest. But Van Dyke, Gable, Franchot Tone, Crawford and company offer more than odd signposts to modern campiness; it's all pretty zany with a topical edge of sorts, and done with MGM's usual opulence it's a pleasure to look at, although the extant VHS tape was made from a source with scratches at the reel-change points and some other flaws that ought to be rectified if possible before the film goes to DVD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316140345
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Sally Parker
Clark Gable Michael Anthony
Franchot Tone Barnabas Pells
Reginald Owen Baron Spandermann
Mona Barrie Baronness
Ivan Lebedeff Prince Igor
Donald Meek Caretaker
Charles Judels Lieutenant of Police
William Demarest Editor
Norman Ainsley Newspaper Reporter
Harry Allen Chauffeur
Alice Ardell French Maid
Jimmy Aubrey Airplane Mechanic
George Andre Beranger Comedy Reactionary
Agostino Borgato French Comptroller
Egon Brecher Dr. Gorsay
Elsa Buchanan English Department Store Girl
James B. Carson French Waiter
Fred Cavens French Waiter
Robert Cory Assistant to Inspector McCaskill
Gennaro Curci French Train Announcer
Gunnis Davis Hotel Elevator Man
George Davis Sgt. of Police
Robert Du Couedic French Clerk
Frank Du Frane Assistant to Editor
Otto H. Fries Mechanic
Billy Gilbert Cafe Manager
Douglas Gordon Cockney Comic Chauffeur
Betty Jane Graham Italian Girl
Tom Herbert Comic Taxi Driver
Lilyan Irene Bit
Charles Irwin Movie Camerama
Donald Kerr Movie Cameraman
Leonid Kinskey
Adia Kuznetzoff Rudolph, Baron's Servant
Nanette Lafayette French Maid
Richard Lancaster English News Photographer
Joe Mack Hack Driver
Fred Malatesta French Waiter
Mona Maris Baroness
Margaret Marquis Bit
Alphonse Martell French Spy
Frank Mayo Traveling Man
Viola Moore English Department Store Girl
Richard Powell Bit
John Power English Major-Domo
Frank Puglia Waiter
Dewey Robinson Italian Father
C. Montague Shaw Motel Manager
Yorke Sherwood London Bobby
Phillips Smalley Bit
Genaro Spagnoli French Taxi Driver
Eleanor Stewart Bit
Charles Trowbridge Express Company Manager
Jacques Vanaire French Telegraph Operator
Bobby Watson Italian Boy
Duke York Paul, Baron's Chauffeur
Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer
Alan Green Original Story
Gladys Hurlbut Screenwriter
Gus Kahn Score Composer
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer
Manuel Seff Screenwriter
Frank Sullivan Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Better than ''It Happened One Night''

    I almost didn't watch this movie, because I'm not really a fan of Clark Gable or Joan Crawford--but I found this movie very charming and wonder why I haven't heard more about it. I found it clever, rather than silly, and a great movie to watch with the whole family.

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