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In Name Only (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1939 (USA)
After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.


John Cromwell


Richard Sherman (screen play), Bessie Breuer (novel)




Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Julie Eden
Cary Grant ... Alec Walker
Kay Francis ... Maida Walker
Charles Coburn ... Mr. Walker
Helen Vinson ... Suzanne Duross
Katharine Alexander ... Laura
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Gateson
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Walker
Alan Baxter ... Charley
Maurice Moscovitch ... Dr. Muller (as Maurice Moscovich)
Peggy Ann Garner ... Ellen
Spencer Charters ... Gardener


While out riding in the country, wealthy New Yorker Alec Walker meets young widow Julie Eden, and a relationship quickly develops. However, Alec has not told her that he is already locked into a loveless marriage to the avaricious Maida, who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife. A completely coincidental car crash alerts the two women to each other's existence, a situation to which they react very differently. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It's STAR Bargain Day-with a blonde-brunette battle over a champion heart-catcher! 100 thrilling minutes! Be here when the festivities begin! (Print Ad- Meriden Record, ((Meriden, Conn.)) 12 December 1939)


Drama | Romance


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According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was to play the role of Alex Walker. See more »


When Cary Grant checks into a hotel near the end of the movie, we see him open a room with the key to #1522. Then the next morning when the hotel staff find him still in the room, they enter room #1524. See more »


Alec Walker: Bye, Ellen.
Ellen: Bye, Alec
Julie Eden: Run along sweetie and tell Aunt Laura your back for your bath.
Ellen: Do you want to come in and watch?
Alec Walker: Well, no, not right now.
Ellen: Bye.
Alec Walker: Bye. Nice kid.
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Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »


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Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Music attributed to John Reading (17th century)
Words translated from the Latin by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Played as background music on Christmas Eve
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thoroughly absorbing
5 October 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

The presence of Grant and Lombard drew me to this one on American Movie Classics, though I thought the script might a bit of a handkerchief-wringer. To my surprise the story was thoroughly absorbing and involving, as well as being a great study of the manners and mores of the era. And of course, Cary Grant and Carole Lombard carry the whole thing through with their wonderful performances. Well worth a see.

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Release Date:

18 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kind Men Marry See more »

Filming Locations:

Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA See more »


Box Office


$722,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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