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The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama | 23 July 1932 (USA)
A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Arthur Stringer (story "The Mud Lark"), Robert Lord (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Gordon
George Brent ... Jim Gilson
Lyle Talbot ... Eddie Fields
Hardie Albright ... Don Leslie
David Landau ... Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell ... Forgan
Leila Bennett ... Emily
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Storyline

Torch singer Joan Gordon, tiring of her relationship with small-time hood and racketeer Eddie Fields, flees to Montreal and becomes the mail-order bride of down-to-earth farmer Jim Gilson. Their chance for happiness is threatened by Gilson's own stubborness, a lecherous neighbor and the reappearance of Fields. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She took another woman's place on her wedding night..!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mud Lark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$202,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an early scene in Barbara Stanwyck's dressing room, on the wall above the dressing screen she changes behind hangs a photo of Marilyn Miller. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara Stanwick gets off the train in North Dakota the terrain is very mountainous. North Dakota is on the Great Plains - very flat. See more »

Quotes

Eddie 'Ed' Fields: No college boy still wet behind the ears is going to bust us up.
Joan Gordon, aka Francine La Rue: No be a good little boy and don't get yourself all in a lather.
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Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Irish Washerwoman
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish Jig
Played as dance music by the band at the wedding party
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See Stanwyck rocket from hard-bitten Sardi's sophisticate to Dakota farmhand!
11 April 2000 | by dennis4See all my reviews

Of course this delicious tour-de-force is totally incredible... but WOW! You can't take your eyes off the screen in case Wellman gives his heroine whiplash as she moves from plushly-kept woman in Manhattan to mail-order farmer's bride in North Dakota. From take-out at Tiffany's to hauling coal nuggets 20 miles through a blizzard. From igniting the lust in men with her daring chanteusing to putting out the fire villains set to her and hubby George Brent's last-hope crop of wheat. All in just over 60 minutes!


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