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Expensive Husbands (1937)

In this romantic comedy, faded movie actress Laurine Lynne decides to take a trip to Europe rather than continue to be depressed by her lack of career momentum in Hollywood. She leaves a ... See full summary »

Director:

Bobby Connolly

Writers:

Kyrill DeShishmareff (original story) (as Kyrill de Shishmareff), Lillie Hayward (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patric Knowles ... Prince Rupert Heinrich Franz Von Rentzau
Beverly Roberts ... Laurine Lynne
Allyn Joslyn ... Joe Craig
Gordon Oliver ... Ricky Preston
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Herr Andrew Brenner
Eula Guy Eula Guy ... Trommy, Laurine's Maid
Robert Fischer ... Joseph, Rupert's Servant (as Robert C. Fischer)
Fritz Feld ... Herr Meyer, Hotel Director
John Butler ... Savage (scenes deleted)
Ann Codee ... Maria
George Humbert George Humbert ... Giovanni
Otto Fries Otto Fries ... Franz, Buggy Driver (as Otto Fried)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elsa Peterson ... Icy Lady (scenes deleted)
Myrtle Stedman ... Nurse (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In this romantic comedy, faded movie actress Laurine Lynne decides to take a trip to Europe rather than continue to be depressed by her lack of career momentum in Hollywood. She leaves a boyfriend, polo champion Ricky Preston and her loyal agent, Joe Craig in Hollywood, and travels to an unspecified region of Europe for a stay at a posh hotel. Accompanying her is her smart-aleck maid Trommy. While staying at the hotel, she is annoyed by a cheeky waiter, who, it is revealed, is actually Prince Rupert Heinrich Franz von Rentzau working incognito. Laurine is further annoyed to learn that back in Hollywood, her rival, Sandra Drew, has gotten the part she wanted due to the publicity surrounding her marriage to nobility. Laurine arranges to marry a nobleman solely because of his title, who turns out to be Prince Rupert. They honeymoon briefly and happily, but complications arise, and Laurine heads back to Hollywood and a replenished career. While working at Associated Studios, Laurine finds... Written by Tory L

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Your name my be Rupert...But it ought to be Bill...BILL...BILL! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maridos Custam Caro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fritz Feld is made up to resemble Erich von Stroheim, and his character behaves in a martinet manner often employed by Stroheim. See more »

Goofs

Onscreen credits erroneously list actor Otto Fries as Otto Fried and composer M.K. Jerome as M.R. Jerome. See more »

Quotes

Prince Rupert Heinrich Franz Von Rentzau: No man ever got anyplace with a woman by behaving himself.
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Soundtracks

Pop! Goes the Weasel
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Traditional
Whistled by Allyn Joslyn
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Do I Hear Fve Cents?
14 July 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

The plot is mildly amusing, hough familiar. A movie star down on her luck thinks marrying into nobility will help. A man with a pedigree is down on his luck. We first meet him as a (supposedly) adorable waiter, doing things only a nobleman can do when trying to make a little money on the side. Guess what happens.

This movie tries for screwball. It tries for light romance. It ends as a screwed up lightweight mess.

The supporting cast is OK. But Beverly Roberts is highly unconvincing as a glamorous star. She is not the picture of femininity, to put it politely. She seems sort of a cross between Mercedes McCambridge (from the neck up) and Anthony Quinn as his body might appear in a frilly gown. That may give an idea of her, and the movie's, appeal.


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