The Wedding Night

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In this Samuel Goldwyn production directed by King Vidor, the studio's intent was to make Russian-born Anna Sten a star, but it didn't succeed. Sten plays Manya Nowak, a Polish farm girl attracted to Tony Barrett Gary Cooper, a novelist with writer's block who has retreated to a Connecticut farmhouse to find his muse. Barrett's wife Dora Helen Vinson misses the city and returns there, while Tony decides to use Manya as a character in his next novel. They become friends, and Tony learns that her straightlaced ...
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In this Samuel Goldwyn production directed by King Vidor, the studio's intent was to make Russian-born Anna Sten a star, but it didn't succeed. Sten plays Manya Nowak, a Polish farm girl attracted to Tony Barrett Gary Cooper, a novelist with writer's block who has retreated to a Connecticut farmhouse to find his muse. Barrett's wife Dora Helen Vinson misses the city and returns there, while Tony decides to use Manya as a character in his next novel. They become friends, and Tony learns that her straightlaced father Jan Sigfried Rumann has betrothed Manya to Fredrik Sobieski Ralph Bellamy, whom she does not love. Manya and Tony spend a chaste night together when a blizzard shuts them in. Her father drags her home and demands that she marry Fredrik immediately. Many arguments and disagreements ensue. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Notable as the third film in which producer Sam Goldwyn tried to make a star out of Russian actress Anna Sten, The Wedding Night has enough fringe benefits in its credits-Gary Cooper, director King Vidor, cinematographer Gregg Toland-to merit a look. Sten is in truth not bad, though certainly no Garbo or Dietrich, the actresses whose exoticism and allure Goldwyn was hoping to replicate in his "discovery." Her thick accent, which, according to Goldwyn biographer Scott Berg, drove Goldwyn to at least one on-set fit of apoplexy, is at least justified here by her role as Manya Nowak, the daughter of a Polish immigrant farmer (Sig Rumann). The script has dissipated writer Tony Barrett (Gary Cooper) falling in love with Manya after she becomes the muse who unblocks his latent talent. Barrett and his boozy wife (played wittily by Helen Vinson) are a couple of good-time swells when they're making the New York social scene, but send them into the country and, well, at least one of them wakes up and smells the roses. Manya is a second-generation daughter caught between the conventions of the old country and her sense that in America her choices should be less limited. But she is also virtuous; she can't consider a romance with Tony as long as he's married, though she's attracted to him as a sensitive alternative to her clod of an arranged husband, Frederik Sobieski, played by the dependable Ralph Bellamy. The Wedding Night also marks another film in which Vidor examines the virtues of rural living (see Our Daily Bread and Hallelujah! for comparison). Give Goldwyn credit: already taking a chance by foisting Sten again on an indifferent public, he didn't take the crowd-pleasing way out in resolving the story's conflicts. Not surprisingly, the film finished Sten's career in Hollywood for good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 027616075369
  • Original Release: 1935
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Tony Barrett
Anna Sten Manya Nowak
Helen Vinson Dora Barrett
Ralph Bellamy Frederik Sobieski
Sig Rumann Jan Nowak
Esther Dale Kaise Nowak
Walter Brennan Bill Jenkins
Miami Alvarez
Agnes Anderson Helena
Jay Belasco Party Guest
Robert Bolder Doctor
Milla Davenport Grandmother
Jay Eaton
Constance Howard
George Magrill
Alphonse Martell Waiter
George Meeker Gilly
Richard Powell Truck Driver
Harry Semels
Bernard Siegel
Leonid Snegoff Mr. Sobieski
Auguste Tollaire
Hilda Vaughn Hezzie Jones
Dave Wengren
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Mrs. Sobieski
Douglas Wood Heywood
Otto Yamaoka Taka
Violet Axzelle Frederica Sobieski
Technical Credits
King Vidor Director
Richard Day Art Director
Edith Fitzgerald Screenwriter
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Stuart Heisler Editor
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin H. Knopf Original Story
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wedding Night
1. Main Titles/Washed Up [4:03]
2. The Old Homestead [4:10]
3. Second Thoughts [2:38]
4. Dowry [6:18]
5. Inspiration [4:08]
6. Writer's Block [4:56]
7. In the Mood [7:09]
8. Completed Chapters [2:12]
9. Four Little Words [2:47]
10. Saying Goodbye [4:12]
11. Snowed In [8:21]
12. Monday Marriage [4:12]
13. Dora Returns [4:19]
14. Sonya and Daphne [9:10]
15. Too Late [8:53]
16. The Wedding Night [5:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Wedding Night
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         English Stereo
         French Mono
         Spanish Mono
      Subtitles
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