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His Brother's Wife(1936)

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A working title of the film was My Brother's Wife. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item from April 10, 1934, E. A. Dupont was initially set to director the picture, which was to be written by Zelda Sears and Eve Greene. Sears and Greene are not mentioned in any sources after 1934, and the extent of their participation in the produced film has not been ascertained. News items from 1935 and 1936 note that Jean Harlow and Clark Gable were initially cast in the leads, then Harlow and Franchot Tone, and that Richard Boleslawski was to direct. Though Edith Atwater and Frank Puglia are included in the CBCS list, they were not in the viewed print, nor were their characters contained in the cutting continuity of the film. Atwater's character, "Mary," was the name of character Tom Claybourne's fiance, however the character was not seen. Atwater's part, as well as that of "Hotel clerk" played by Puglia, May have been cut from the film prior to final editing, but after their names appeared on the CBCS list. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, director W. S. Van Dyke completed filming in "close to record speed for this type of picture," in 13 1/2 days from a 137 page script. It was the first of three films that co-starred Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck, who were married between 1939 and and 1952. Their last film together was The Night Walker, directed by William Castle in 1964 for Universal.