The Gay Bride

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime

Unfortunately, the word "gay" has taken on a very different meaning since this picture was titled. In 1934, it meant "happy" or "carefree" but this movie is neither. A feeble attempt at a gangland satire, it tells the tale of gold-digger Lombard who vamps Pendleton, the mobster who is backing the show in which Lombard is appearing. She doesn't really like...read more

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Unfortunately, the word "gay" has taken on a very different meaning since this picture was titled. In 1934, it meant "happy" or "carefree" but this movie is neither. A feeble attempt at a gangland satire, it tells the tale of gold-digger Lombard who vamps Pendleton, the mobster who is

backing the show in which Lombard is appearing. She doesn't really like him, the way he dresses, or his Hell's Kitchen manner of speech, but she marries him anyhow for his money and in the full knowledge that the business he is in may leave her a widow at any moment. They go off on a European

honeymoon where she talks him into buying an expensive painting. Once that's done, she sells the painting at a $20,000 profit and replaces it with a cheap imitation, knowing that he will never know the difference. Then she buys a car, makes a deal with the auto salesman, and gets the man to send a

bill for twice the amount to her unsuspecting husband. Pendleton is shot to death by her next conquest, Hardy, who in turn is bumped off by Carrillo, leaving her penniless with several creditors having laid claims on her property. Lombard winds up marrying the office boy, Morris. The screenplay

was by the Spewacks, two of the best writers on Broadway and in the movies. It was a misfire from the start and audiences stayed away in droves.

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  • Review: Unfortunately, the word "gay" has taken on a very different meaning since this picture was titled. In 1934, it meant "happy" or "carefree" but this movie is neither. A feeble attempt at a gangland satire, it tells the tale of gold-digger Lombard who vamps… (more)

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