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Bride by Mistake(1944)

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RKO's remake of the Joel McCrea/Miriam Hopkins screwball comedy The Richest Girl In The World (1934), this go-round follows wealthy Norah Hunter (Laraine Day) and her quest to find a man who's not just after her money. Of course, some of this quest involves swapping identities with her trusted secretary Sylvia (Marsha Hunt), as a way of screening would-be suitors. Misunderstandings arise when Norah's latest target, honest Air Force officer Tony (Alan Marshal) starts to get the women confused. This is the first screenwriting credit for the husband and wife team Phoebe and Henry Ephron, who excelled at sparring romances involving powerful women, like the Tracy/Hepburn romance Desk Set (1957). (The Ephrons also specialized in passing on the talent -- all four of their daughters, including Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally (1989)) and Delia Ephron (You've Got Mail (1998)) became professional writers and/or screenwriters.)

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