Cast & Crew
When Jonathan Blair, the pub-crawling, womanizing heir to the Blair Steamship Company of New York, wakes up one morning and discovers Valentine Ransome, an attractive Texas heiress, in his bedroom, he invites her to breakfast and drills her to find out what he did the previous drunken night. Discouraged by the arrival of brassy, would-be actress Carol Wallace, Valentine returns to her hotel and is about to leave for Texas with her uncle Sam when flowers and romantic reassurances from Jonathan arrive. After learning that Jonathan's business is bankrupt because of his managerial negligence, Valentine vows to transform him into a marriageable man and consequently buys the company and his house out from under him. With the help of Butch, Jonathan's devoted valet, Valentine forces the now penniless Jonathan back into the company by appointing him vice-president. Jonathan counters her move by announcing his sudden desire to marry Carol that afternoon. Following a series of interruptions by several bearded window washers, Uncle Sam stops the ceremony by claiming that Carol is his child's mother. However, after Jonathan makes an impassioned speech before the company's board of trustees in which he proposes an aggressive plan to salvage the business, he reschedules the wedding for the next day. In a panic, Butch halts the second ceremony by producing a faked marriage certificate with Valentine and Jonathan's names on it, presumably the result of their first drunken night together. Once he learns of Butch and Valentine's deceit, Jonathan plays the part of the newlywed too amorously for Valentine, and after a cake throwing fight, she flees to the train station with Jonathan at her heels. At the station, the stubborn couple finally admit their love and are married by a very befuddled justice of the peace.
Frank M. Thomas
Samuel J. Briskin
J. Roy Hunt
Van Nest Polglase
Viola Brothers Shore
John E. Tribby
Breakfast For Two - Breakfast for Two
Stanwyck made Breakfast for Two immediately following Stella Dallas (1937), the tearjerker for which she would receive her first Best Actress Oscar® nomination. Stanwyck said at the time, "Breakfast for Two was a relaxed holiday after the siege of Stella Dallas." Surely, after the heaviness of that film, Stanwyck enjoyed playing scenes like the one where she boxes with Marshall before knocking him out with weighted gloves - perhaps the comic highlight of this movie.
Filmed under the title A Love Like That, Breakfast for Two was directed by Alfred Santell, who shot in sequence on a $500,000 budget. "[It] won't disappoint those who come for laughs," declared Variety.
One interesting item from a magazine of the time said this about Marshall: "[He has] the most cultured voice in Hollywood, speaks the best English and even has sent Stanwyck, among others, scurrying to the dictionary for elocution lessons...When he visits London he haunts the music halls and slums, listening to pure cockney. Says it enriches his soul, drives out repressed homesickness from long Hollywood stays." Who knew?!
Stanwyck and Marshall worked together once more, immediately following this film, on the 20th-Century-Fox drama Always Goodbye (1938).
Producer: Edward Kaufman, Samuel J. Briskin
Director: Alfred Santell
Screenplay: David Garth, Charles Kaufman, Viola Brothers Shore, Paul Yawitz
Cinematography: J. Roy Hunt
Film Editing: George Hively
Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Valentine Ransome), Herbert Marshall (Jonathan Blair), Glenda Farrell (Carol Wallace), Eric Blore (Butch), Donald Meek (Justice of the Peace), Etienne Girardot (Mr. Meggs).
by Jeremy Arnold
Breakfast For Two - Breakfast for Two
The working titles of this film were A Love Like That and Here Comes the Groom. RKO borrowed Glenda Farrell from Warner Bros. for this production. Breakfast for Two was Barbara Stanwyck's first film after the release of the highly popular drama Stella Dallas, for which the actress was nominated for an Academy Award. According to modern sources, director Alfred Santell got the idea for the "window washing" gag from a stunt he and several others played on a friend during the friend's first "solo" vaudeville performance.