Cast & Crew
Finally convinced by her boyfriend, aspiring engineer Michael Martin, that love is more important than money, fashion model Carolyn agrees to marry, quit her fifty dollar-per-week job and live on Michael's more modest salary. After a rushed civil ceremony, which is witnessed by Michael's partner, the marriage-weary Paul Dodson, a depressed Carolyn argues loudly with Michael in the License Bureau. In his frustration, Michael starts a brawl and is arrested. While the couple is in court, Carolyn meets Hugh McKenzie, an alcoholic department store scion, who immediately falls in love with her and helps Michael with his fine. Carolyn dismisses Hugh and his wealth, but struggles to curb her clothes buying appetite and make financial ends meet on Michael's thirty-five dollars per week. Unable to keep up all of their monthly payments, Carolyn loses the apartment furniture on New Year's Eve and gets drunk with Donovan, the repossesser, and Hugh and Mattie Dodson, Paul's cynical wife. Later, at a New Year's Eve party, Carolyn announces her desire to return to her modeling job, infuriating the proud Michael. When Carolyn and Michael arrive home, Carolyn is surprised to discover that Hugh has replaced all of the repossessed furniture. Still unaware of their financial straits, Michael forgives Carolyn, who vows to herself to repay Hugh and secretly restarts her job. Eventually, Michael discovers Carolyn's deceit and angrily walks out on her. After Carolyn begins divorce proceedings, Michael drunkenly confronts a reformed Hugh, who tells him that his intentions toward Carolyn are sincere and serious. Determined to win back Carolyn, Michael makes plans to sail with Paul to South America on a dangerous but lucrative engineering assignment. Mattie, overwhelmed by her love for her own husband, takes Paul to Hugh's country estate and, with Hugh's magnanimous aid, prevents Michael's departure and reunites him with a repentant Carolyn.
Samuel J. Briskin
Philip G. Epstein
J. Roy Hunt
Van Nest Polglase
Howard Emmett Rogers
John E. Tribby
P. J. Wolfson
The Bride Walks Out
Barbara Stanwyck had spent much of the 1930s building her acting career working at most of the different studios around Hollywood including Columbia, Twentieth Century-Fox and United Artists. In 1936 she was at RKO when studio executives decided to star her in The Bride Walks Out. Screwball comedies were all the rage during the 1930s, audiences thriving on a good laugh during the challenging times of The Great Depression. Most notable actresses of the time had tried screwball comedy at one time or another, the most successful of which were Irene Dunne, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard and Jean Arthur. Now it was Stanwyck's turn.
Stanwyck reportedly enjoyed herself immensely while making The Bride Walks Out, taking full advantage of the rare opportunity to play comedy. Director Leigh Jason later recalled fond memories of working with her, describing Stanwyck as "a delight" and "a real craftsman. She was the only one I ever worked with who would dig to the bitter end for what you really wanted -- and then give it to you."
The Bride Walks Out was released in the summer of 1936. It went on to do respectable business at the box office and win decent reviews from the critics who frequently singled out Stanwyck's talent for always distinguishing herself in any film.
While today's audiences may squirm a little with some of the film's outdated social attitudes, fans of Barbara Stanwyck will not be disappointed with this breezy light romp. The excellent veteran supporting cast is also a treat for comic relief which includes Ned Sparks and Helen Broderick as Carolyn and Michael's perpetually bickering married friends, Hattie McDaniel as the knowing maid and Billy Gilbert as a scene-stealing repo man.
Producer: Edward Small
Director: Leigh Jason
Screenplay: Philip G. Epstein, P.J. Wolfson Howard; Emmett Rogers (story)
Cinematography: J. Roy Hunt
Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase
Music: Roy Webb (uncredited)
Film Editing: Arthur Roberts
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Carolyn Martin), Gene Raymond (Michael Martin), Robert Young (Hugh McKenzie), Ned Sparks (Paul Dodson), Helen Broderick (Mattie Dodson), Willie Best (Smokie), Robert Warwick (Mr. McKenzie), Billy Gilbert (Mr. Donovan, Collector for Acme Furnature)
by Andrea Passafiume
The Bride Walks Out
I like this. Brings out the wife-beater in me.- Paul Dodson
Without my wife, I'm comparatively alone in the world. Even with my wife, I'm comparatively alone in the world.- Paul Dodson
The working title of this film was Marry the Girl. Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room" adds Sidney Jarvis to the cast, and Hollywood Reporter production charts add Eric Blore, Rose Coghlan, Lloyd Ingraham and Jack Adair to the cast. Eric Blore's participation in the final film is doubtful, while the participation of the others has not been confirmed. RKO borrowed Robert Young from M-G-M for the film. The Bride Walks Out was Edward Small's first production for RKO. Small was formerly the production head of Reliance Pictures.