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This Man Is Mine (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 13 April 1934 (USA)
Irene Dunne is married to Ralph Bellamy. Their union is comfortable but all that changes when Bellamy's old flame Constance Cummings comes back to town. Will the the thrill of loves past disrupt their happy home?

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screen play), Anne Morrison Chapin (from the play: "Love Flies in the Window")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Tony Dunlap
Constance Cummings ... Francesca Harper
Ralph Bellamy ... Jim Dunlap
Kay Johnson ... Bee McCrae
Charles Starrett ... Jud McCrae
Vivian Tobin ... Rita
Sidney Blackmer ... Mort Holmes
Louis Mason ... Slim
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Storyline

Traveling among the upper class upstate New York scene, Tony and Jim Dunlap are happily married with a son, two year old Jeremy Dunlap. Most of their friends see Tony as the perfect wife in her unending support of Jim. What could rock their world is that Jim's ex-fiancée, proverbial man eater Fran Harper, the sister of one of their friends Jud McCrae, he and his wife Bee McCrae who don't much like her, has just gotten a Reno divorce and is said to be on her way back to cause trouble as Fran has not yet made the divorce public, but once it hits the media, it will lead to a circus atmosphere for Jim and by association Tony in the scandal all over again of Fran having left Jim at the altar six years ago, the full story of which Tony is unaware. Fran does end up coming back, bringing along with her a poor cad named Mort Holmes, who she picked up at a speakeasy along the way. Fran has indeed come back to cause trouble, more specifically to steal Jim away from Tony for her own selfish ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

THE STORY OF A WIFE WHO GAVE A LOVE THIEF TOO MUCH ROPE (Print ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany, NY)) 18 April 1934)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transient Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Morrison Chapin's play, "Love Flies in the Window," opened in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1933, but had no Broadway production. See more »

Goofs

When Fran and Jim kiss for the first time, the camera pans down and then focuses a watch worn on Jim's left wrist. However, from the perspective of the character, the watch is being worn upside down - but is probably shown this way to the camera so we can see what time it is easier, as in the very next shot the camera pulls back on another wristwatch worn by another character to indicate the passage of time. See more »

Quotes

Jim Dunlap: Women are a pain in the neck!
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Soundtracks

After Twelve O'Clock
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Dunne, Cummings, and Johnson Are Great!
22 June 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

There are three terrific women's roles in this nifty little comedy/drama that stars Irene Dunne as a loving wife whose husband (Ralph Bellamy) gets involved with an old girlfriend (Constance Cummings). There's nothing new in the plot here, but the dialog is sharp, funny (catty), and fast paced. Dunne is super and gets to show off her comic and musical talents as well as her dramatic chops. Cummings is wonderful as the bitch girlfriend who uses men like Kleenex. Bellamy is solid in a rare starring role as the dumb-cluck husband. Kay Johnson (the star of early DeMille talkies) has a great role as the droll neighbor. Sidney Blackmer is terrific as a smarmy boyfriend Cummings is stringing along. Charles Starrett (usually seen in Westerns), Vivian Tobin, and Louis Mason are good in support. But what really lifts This Man Is Mine a cut above other women's pictures of the day is the stingingly funny dialog among the three female stars. It's a total joy to watch Dunne, Cummings, and Johnson snap and claw at each other in a vein similar to The Women and First Lady (an underrated Kay Francis comedy). I still think Irene Dunne may have been the most versatile actress of the 1930s, and gorgeous Constance Cummings should have been a much bigger star. This film is not to be missed!


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