Party Husband


1h 13m 1931

Brief Synopsis

A liberated couple's divergent lifestyles almost ruin their marriage.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Jun 6, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
First National Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
First National Pictures, Inc.; The Vitaphone Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Party Husband by Geoffrey Barnes (New York, 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

When Laura Duell and Jay Hogarth marry, both agree to a modern marriage in which each will retain his/her individual identity. After a romantic honeymoon, the couple settles in New York City, where Laura takes a job as a reader for a publishing house, ignoring her mother's warning that her marriage will fail if she neglects her domestic duties. Laura and Jay's sophisticated ideas include friendships with the opposite sex, and soon Laura is working late with her publisher, Horace Purcell, who falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Jay, a radio producer, spends late evenings with a beautiful and aggressive novelist, Mrs. Bee Canfield. One night, Jay invites Bee up to his apartment, where she kisses him with indelible lipstick. When Laura arrives home with Horace, she coolly advises Jay to use cold cream on his stained lips. Although Laura and Horace's relationship remains platonic, Bee actively pursues Jay and invites him to a chic party. When the host, Henry Reynard, insults her, Laura asks Jay to leave, and he assumes she's jealous of Bee, who has been flirting with him all evening. Finally, Laura's best friend, Kate, who loves Jay, intervenes by insulting Bee and kisses Jay herself. When the party becomes raucous, Reynard kicks everyone out, and in the rush to leave, Jay is unable to find Laura. Assuming she has gone home with Horace, he leaves with Kate, an action that is witnessed by Laura. At dawn, Jay and Laura arrive home separately. Although Horace had sworn his love to Laura at his apartment, their night was spent innocently over coffee. Jay, however, made love with Kate but insists he and Laura are so civilized they can laugh at the situation. In retaliation, Laura takes a business trip with Horace, although they sleep separately. Weeks pass and Laura and Jay remain apart while Jay drinks. Kate looks after him at Laura's request, although she knows he will never love her. Laura, meanwhile, has quit Horace's firm, but continues to see him socially. One night, the two couples meet accidentally at a club, and Laura agrees to meet Jay the next morning at her old apartment. Outside, she meets her mother, who has come for a surprise visit. Her mother immediately realizes Laura and Jay are separated, but they keep up a facade for a couple of days. They quarrel about the events of the past until Laura's mother scolds them for not forgiving each other. As Laura closes the door to the bedroom, Jay leaves his bedside chair for the marriage bed.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Jun 6, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
First National Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
First National Pictures, Inc.; The Vitaphone Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Party Husband by Geoffrey Barnes (New York, 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

A news item in Motion Picture Herald indicates that Noah Beery was originally cast in Paul Porcasi's part.