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There Goes the Groom

There Goes the Groom(1937)

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As impressionable Derek "Dick" Mathews sails his yacht from Alaska, where he has staked a valuable gold mine after two years of prospecting, to San Francisco, he dreams of his reunion with his girl friend, Janet Russell. Unaware of her family's desperate fortune-hunting ways, Dick is devastated when he learns that Janet has become engaged to psychiatrist Dr. Joel Becker and, in his romantic despair, becomes drunk at his college reunion dance. Janet's younger sister Betty, who has worshipped Dick since she was fifteen, takes him back to his yacht where, after hours of intoxicated dancing, he jumps overboard. Later Betty, still wet from rescuing Dick, is found on the yacht by her mother and brother Potter, and in a moment of heartsick rashness, Dick announces his desire to marry the girl. Although the news thrills the greedy Russells, Dick soon begins to regret his impulsive deed, especially after learning of Janet's broken engagement, but is unable to tell Betty how he feels. While sneaking away from his wedding rehearsal with his Klondike comrade, Hank McMann, Dick crashes his car and is sent to the hospital with a head injury. Faking amnesia, Dick is shipped to Dr. Becker's sanitarium, where Becker attempts to jog his memory by staging a football game with his former schoolmate, Potter. Later, when Betty overhears Dick making escape plans with Hank, she informs Becker of the ruse. After first exposing her family as shameless fortune hunters, Betty forces Dick to admit his scheme. Struck literally and figuratively by the infuriated Betty, Dick finally realizes his genuine love for her and proposes in earnest.