Behold My Wife!


1h 19m 1934

Brief Synopsis

After Michael Carter's fiancée commits suicide, Michael vows to seek revenge on his wealthy family, who sabotaged their marriage. He drives across the country angrily, and lands up at a saloon, where he is shot by an Indian, Pete. Pete's girlfriend, Tonita nurses Michael's wound and falls in love with him. Michael realizes this, proposes marriage to Tonita - a perfect revenge for his prejudice family. They marry and he takes her to New York, in full Indian dress hoping to embarrass the family. The press and society mock the Carters - to Michael's delight. Tonita's confused as to why Michael doesn't want to consummate their marriage. At a coming out party for Tonita, set up by Diana (Michael's sister), Tonita's a big hit. Michael becomes angry for his family has "won". Tonita realizes the true reason for their marriage, and finds comfort with Bob, Diana's lover. Diana catches Tonita and Bob together and kills Bob, but, Tonita takes the blame and is arrested, for this is the perfect revenge on Michael. Now, Michael realizes he loves Tonita....

Film Details

Also Known As
Red Woman
Release Date
Dec 7, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Translation of a Savage by Sir Gilbert Parker (New York, 1893).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,104ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

After Michael Carter's wealthy family sabotages his marriage to Mary White, a stenographer, and she commits suicide, Michael angrily drives across the country vowing vengeance. He crashes his car and ends up in a saloon, where he buys drinks for Pete, an Indian. Pete becomes irrational and pulling out his gun, accidentally shoots Michael. Pete's girl friend, Tonita Storm Cloud, wants to keep Pete out of jail and falls in love with Michael while treating his injury. After her Indian tribe excommunicates her for staying alone with a white man, Michael proposes marriage to her, seeing this as a way to get even with his prejudiced, status-seeking family. He apprises them of his marriage via a telegram to New York, in which he states that they will approve of her because she is from one of America's "first families." Michael does not consummate his marriage with Tonita, who is confused by his abstention and lack of affection. On their arrival in New York, he insists she wear her customary Indian garb, and his family is horrified by her appearance. The press and society have great fun mocking the Carters for their new family member, and seeking to save face, Diana Curzon, Michael's sister, convinces the family to have a coming-out party for Tonita, for which Diana will have her immaculately dressed in "modern" clothes. Although the guests are all ready to humiliate Tonita, she overcomes their prejudice and reveals their pettiness, becomes a big hit at the party. Michael is furious, however, for even in this, he feels, his family has won. Tonita finally becomes aware of the reason that Michael married her, and in defiance, she leaves with Bob Prentice, a notorious home wrecker. At his apartment, Bob is about to seduce Tonita, when Diana, with whom he has been having an affair, rushes in and says she has left her husband for him. She shoots him when he refuses to reconcile with her. Tonita takes the blame for the murder, believing she no longer has a life worth living, and also that this is an excellent way to revenge herself on Michael. While the police investigate Bob's apartment, Michael hides in the closet, having come to find Tonita. He overhears the discussion about Tonita's arrest and allows himself to be arrested instead to save his wife, whom he now realizes he loves. At the police station, Michael is allowed a few moments alone with Tonita, during which she confesses that his sister really killed Bob. The police listen in on their conversation, and the true killer revealed, Michael and Tonita are free to pursue their love without further familial interference.

Cast

Sylvia Sidney

Tonita Storm Cloud

Gene Raymond

Michael Carter

Laura Hope Crews

Mrs. Carter

H. B. Warner

Mr. Carter

Juliette Compton

Diana Curzon

Monroe Owsley

Bob Prentice

Ann Sheridan

Mary White

Charlotte Granville

Mrs. Sykes

Kenneth Thomson

Jim Curzon

Dean Jagger

Pete

Eric Blore

Benson

Charles Middleton

Juan Storm Cloud

Ralph Remley

Jenkins

Cecil Weston

Gibson

Dewey Robinson

Bryan

Charles C. Wilson

Police captain

Edward Gargan

Connolly

Olin Howland

Mattingly

Greg Whitespear

Medicine man

Jim Thorpe

Indian chief

Otto Hoffman

Minister

Evelyn Selbie

Neighbor woman #1

Raymond Turner

Porter

Ferdinand Munier

Arthur

Nella Walker

Mrs. Copperwaithe

Countess Rina De Liguoro

Countess Slavotski

Virginia Hammond

Mrs. Lawson

Lillianne Leighton

Neighbor woman #2

Fuzzy Knight

First news photographer

Jack Mulhall

Reporter at train

Martin Malone

Reporter at train

Pat O'malley

Reporter at train

Neal Burns

Reporter at train

Phillips Smalley

Society man

Celeste Ford

Society girl

Edmund Mortimer

First society man

Mabel Forrest

Society dowager

Cyril Ring

Second society man

Rhea Mitchell

Woman reporter

Phil Tead

First chauffeur

Eddie Anderson

Second chauffeur

Matt Mchugh

Chunky, third chauffeur

Rafael Storm

Fourth chauffeur

Cosmo Kyrle Bellew

Mr. Lawson

Gwenllian Gill

Miss Copperwaithe

Frank Dunn

Footman

Arnold Korff

Mr. Lawson's companion

Joseph Sauers

Morton, Michael's chauffeur

Joan Standing

Miss Smith

Kate Price

Mrs. MacGregor

Mike Morita

Fuji

Charles Stevens

Apache herder

Whitedove Clemens

Indian girl at meal

Billy Lee

Indian boy at meal

Howling Wolf

Indian father at meal

Mrs. Choree

Indian mother at meal

Film Details

Also Known As
Red Woman
Release Date
Dec 7, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Translation of a Savage by Sir Gilbert Parker (New York, 1893).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,104ft (9 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

An early story by Oliver LaFarge in the Paramount story files at the AMPAS Library is titled "Redskin Girl," and an early script was called Red Woman. Ann Sheridan changed her name from Clara Lou Sheridan during production. In 1920, Famous Players-Lasky Corp. produced Behold My Wife, based on the same source, directed by George Melford, and starring Mabel Julienne Scott and Milton Sills (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.0268).