Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tonight's Movie: In Name Only (1939)

This classic soaper from moviedom's year of years, 1939, is gorgeous in every respect: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, shimmering B&W photography, sets by the great Van Nest Polglase, and gowns by Irene.

Grant has discovered that his wife, Kay Francis, hates him and only married him for his money. She refuses to divorce him as she's also eyeing a future inheritance from Grant's wealthy parents. All seems hopeless for Grant and the sweet widow (Lombard) he's fallen in love with at first sight...

IN NAME ONLY is not currently available on video or DVD, but it's part of the Turner Classic Movies library and will be airing next on January 18th.

The kind of movie that causes one to sigh at the end "They don't make 'em like they used to."

2016 Update: I've now posted a greatly expanded review after seeing the movie at UCLA.


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