A witty script, crisp direction, and bubbly performances all contribute to this fun movie, which was originally slated for Carole Lombard but was given to Crawford when Lombard died in a tragic airplane accident. Crawford is splendid as the tough businesswoman who is devoted to her work and has little time to smile. Her father, a trucking czar, dies, and...read more
A witty script, crisp direction, and bubbly performances all contribute to this fun movie, which was originally slated for Carole Lombard but was given to Crawford when Lombard died in a tragic airplane accident. Crawford is splendid as the tough businesswoman who is devoted to her work
and has little time to smile. Her father, a trucking czar, dies, and as the oldest daughter, Crawford takes over the company. She whips the firm into shipshape, but gives everyone--including her mother, Burke--a hard time. Meanwhile, Crawford tries to maneuver Parris, her younger sister, into a
marriage of convenience. The men on the board of directors and the many truck drivers in Crawford's employ are all cowed by her ruthlessness. Enter Douglas, a newspaperman who is privy to some inside information and uses it to write a series of editorial blasts against Crawford and the way she
runs her business. When Douglas and Crawford meet (she thinks he's someone else), he finds her attractive and reckons he might be able to thaw out this ice princess. Douglas explains that the truck drivers who work for her aren't just faceless numbers but human beings with wants and desires.
Always striving to improve her knowledge, Crawford attends a truck drivers' dance and winds up doing the "Lindy Hop" with one of her employees, Jenkins. Of course, Douglas has another motive for his friendliness: he wants to keep writing about Crawford. He persuades garrulous Jenkins into
revealing other information about the company and the way the men feel about their comely employer. At the same time, Crawford, who is learning that there is more to life than profit-and-loss statements, begins to fall in love with the personable Douglas. Soon she stops firing people, starts
dressing in a feminine fashion, begins to listen to the needs of both her family and employees, and in the end, winds up with Douglas.
Among the many funny sight gags to be found in THEY ALL KISSED THE BRIDE is the one in which Crawford's knees buckle when she is in the presence of the man she loves. (The same thing happened to her mother.) There are also some very funny lines in the film, though some have not stood the test of
time as well as others. At one point Crawford quips, "When I want a sneak, I'll get the best and hire a Jap." This line may have been funny when the film was released--six months after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor--but today it is inpoor taste and has been cut from most TV prints of the
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