The Bride Wore Boots


1h 26m 1946

Film Details

Release Date
May 31, 1946
Premiere Information
World premiere in Raleigh, NC: 8 May 1946
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Odds on Mrs. Oakley by Harry Segall (New York, 2 Oct 1944).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

On Christmas Eve, husband and wife Jeff and Sally Warren quarrel over their different views on life: Sally refuses to take seriously Jeff's profession as a Civil War historian and writer, especially as he is fawned upon by the elderly women of the Mason-Dixon Dames; while Sally, who runs a horse farm with Lance Gale, an old suitor, is continually disappointed by Jeff's aversion to horses and horseback riding. With the best of intentions, Jeff buys Sally a horse named Albert as a Christmas gift. When Lance mockingly tells Jeff that Albert is a grandfather horse that will never race, they fight, enraging Sally. Sally then buys what she believes is Jefferson Davies' writing desk as a Christmas gift for Jeff, and is mortified when a delegation of the Mason-Dixon Dames visits and pronounces the desk a fake. Among the delegation is Mary Lou Medford, a beautiful debutante, who flirts openly with Jeff and kisses him beneath the mistletoe. Sally catches them and, calling Jeff "a grammar school wolf," threatens to leave him. Jeff suggests that she join him on a trip to New York, where he will be making a speech at a convention. While in their New York hotel room trying to have a romantic evening, Jeff and Sally are distracted by a loud party down the hall. When Jeff complains about the noise, he is invited in by Mary Lou, and Sally again catches her kissing her husband. Sally sues Jeff for divorce and takes the children to live with her at Lance's house while he is away. Jeff then interviews for a secretary and hires Mary Lou after she all but seduces him. Sally and Lance, meanwhile, train her horse for the Virginia Challenge Cup, which she has never won. To spite Lance, Jeff befriends Albert, and at the urging of his stablehand, Joe, decides to train him for the race. The night before Jeff and Mary Lou are scheduled to leave for a lecture tour, Sally's mother and her uncle Tod make the children sick from overeating in order to bring Jeff and Sally together. Jeff cancels the trip, and Mary Lou leaves him. During the race, after Albert throws his jockey, Jeff mounts the horse and continues the contest. Throughout the steeplechase, Jeff is repeatedly thrown off, but always remounts, impressing Sally. Finally, Albert finishes the race without a rider. Although Lance wins the race for Sally, she rushes to congratulate Jeff, who, although bruised, embraces her.

Film Details

Release Date
May 31, 1946
Premiere Information
World premiere in Raleigh, NC: 8 May 1946
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Odds on Mrs. Oakley by Harry Segall (New York, 2 Oct 1944).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Portions of this film were shot at the McMahon Ranch in Hidden Valley and at the Midwick Country Club in Alhambra, CA. Robert Cummings stated in a modern interview that he performed his own stunts in the steeplechase scenes.