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Kept Husbands (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 22 February 1931 (USA)
Daughter of a wealthy family decides to marry a poor working man.


Lloyd Bacon


Louis Sarecky (by), Forrest Halsey (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Mackaill ... Dorothea 'Dot' Parker Brunton
Joel McCrea ... Richard 'Dick' Brunton
Ned Sparks ... Hughie Hanready
Mary Carr ... Mrs. Brunton
Clara Kimball Young ... Mrs. Henrietta Post
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Freeman Wood ... Llewllyn Post


Daughter of a wealthy family decides to marry a poor working man.

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Bought Body and Soul For a Woman's Whim! (Print Ad- Edmonton Journal, ((Edmonton, Alta)) 2 May 1931) See more »


Drama | Romance



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Release Date:

22 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El obrero y la millonaria See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The $1,000 reward Dick turns down would equate to about $15,500 in 2017. See more »


Arthur Parker: A man must be made of strong stuff not to let money spoil him. Don't let it spoil Dick.
Dorothea 'Dot' Parker Brunton: Money spoil Dick? Aw, don't be silly. It could never spoil Dick.
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Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Whistled by Joel McCrea
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Keeping your husband - a woman's only mission in life
20 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Yeah, as the above quote indicates, this is an old, old movie. But it's a darling one, starring Dorothy Mackaill and Joel McCrea. McCrea plays football star Dick Brunton, who now works for Mackaill's dad. Dad brings Dick home for dinner one night, which doesn't make anyone very happy - after all, they're filthy rich and he's just filthy, i.e., a working man. Mackaill can't take her eyes off of him - and who can blame her? McCrea is gloriously handsome and shy. After a month has gone by, Mackaill, a spoiled brat, has proposed marriage and bought herself an engagement ring. She tells dad they'll need $50,000 a year to live on. Since poor Dick only makes $180 a month, Dad says he'll make up the difference. Dick soon begins neglecting what little work he has to do as Vice President of the family company and starts feeling like a kept man.

There are several "kept" men in this movie, the difference here being that Dot and Dick are truly in love. Mackaill does a beautiful job of being a manipulative daughter and wife, but we're able to see the vulnerable woman underneath who finally realizes what's important in life. McCrea, only 26 here, is at his natural, adorable, hunky best.

Mary Carr gives a sweet performance as Dick's mom, the one who offers the summary comment quote. Ned Sparks is on hand with some funny lines and great delivery.

All in all, a delightful movie, if dated, though I'm sure there are still some people today who think that keeping your man is all that matters.

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