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Bride Goes Wild
     

The Bride Goes Wild

Director: Norman Taurog, Van Johnson, June Allyson, Hume Cronyn

Cast: Norman Taurog, Van Johnson, June Allyson, Hume Cronyn

 
In this funny tale of deception and romantic fireworks, a rather prissy New England school marm finally gets a chance to achieve her dream and become a commercial artist when she is hired to illustrate the beloved "Uncle Bump's" latest children's book. She adores Bump's earlier works and is anxious to meet this gentle fellow in New York. Imagine her shock to discover

Overview

In this funny tale of deception and romantic fireworks, a rather prissy New England school marm finally gets a chance to achieve her dream and become a commercial artist when she is hired to illustrate the beloved "Uncle Bump's" latest children's book. She adores Bump's earlier works and is anxious to meet this gentle fellow in New York. Imagine her shock to discover that Bump is actually a boozy, cynical, young man who despises all children. Appalled, she decides to expose him as a fraud. The author's publisher nearly goes bazinga when he thinks of all the money to be lost and so tells the teacher a whopper about how the writer became bitter after his wife died and left him with a troublesome son. This melts the teacher's heart and she decides to help out. But first she wants to speak to the boy. In desperation, the publisher pays a tough, wiseacre urchin to impersonate the nonexistent son. This tough little cookie helps to bring the two opponents closer and love blooms until she learns the truth. Broken-hearted and angry, the teacher returns to New England to marry an old beau. Fortunately, the cagey orphan, who has come to love them both, has a few aces up his sleeve and insures that the two are reunited. A happy family is born and romantic bliss ensues.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Only diehard fans of June Allyson and/or Van Johnson will want to spend time watching The Bride Goes Wild, a not-really-funny comedy that eventually gets on one's nerves. The premise is fine; true, it's overly manipulative and definitely requires a significant suspension of disbelief -- but that's not necessarily unusual or even undesired in romantic/screwball comedies. But the execution of the premise is woefully inadequate. We're treated to a series of gags and situations that we've seen many times before. A director like Norman Taurog, who has helmed plenty of pics with similar set-ups, should have been able to at least make these come off as workmanlike but effective. But Taurog is off his form here, seemingly disinterested, and the Albert Beich screenplay is too weak to stand this indifferent approach. As a result, gag after gag falls flat on its face. The dialogue is too often flat (with one or two exceptions which really are funny), and the whole piece never gets up and goes where it wants to. Johnson and Allyson try hard, and they do still have that special chemistry of theirs, but they too are not operating at top form. The supporting cast is certainly game, but it's all to no avail.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0883316228807
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
5,795

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Johnson Greg Rawlings
June Allyson Martha Terryton
Hume Cronyn John McGrath
Una Merkel Miss Doberly
Arlene Dahl Tillie Smith-Oliver
Richard Derr Bruce Kope Johnson
Lloyd Corrigan 'Pops'
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Carruthers
Clara Blandick Aunt Pewtie
Kathleen Howard Aunt Susan
Cecil Cunningham Helen Oldfield
Byron Foulger Max
Robert Emmett Keane Mr. Sarms
Robert E. O'Connor Conductor
Almira Sessions Mrs. Williams
Clinton Sundberg Dentist
Napoleon Whiting Porter
Dewey Robinson Skipper, Headwaiter at Bottom of the Sea
Butch Jenkins Danny
Tom Dugan Waiter in Bar

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Albert Beich Screenwriter
George Boemler Editor
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ray June Cinematographer
Rudolph G. Kopp Score Composer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Harry McAfee Art Director
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
William H. Wright Producer

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