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Two Films by Dorothy Arzner

Monday, July 23, 1979
9:10 p.m. The Bride Wore Red
Dorothy Arzner (USA,1937)

Joan Crawford in a “rags-to-riches” story as the embittered cabaret singer who “has been given two glorious weeks with high society in the Tyrol and tries desperately to have the clock stopped before her witching hour strikes. Luckier than most Cinderellas who overstay their time, her exposure costs her Robert Young and his millions; but she still has Franchot Tone, his donkey cart, chalet and flute.

“If it is anything at all, it is a woman’s picture - smoldering with its heroine’s indecision and consumed with talk of love and fashions....”

—Frank S. Nugent, New York Times, 1937.


“Crawford has a glamourous (gowns by Adrian) field-day....”

—Howard Barnes, New York Herald Tribune

• Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz for MGM. Written by Tess Slesinger and Bradbury Foote from Ferenc Molnar's play "The Girl From Trieste." Music and lyrics by Franz Waxman and Gus Kahn. With Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young, Billie Burke, Reginald Owen, Lynne Carver, George Zucco, Mary Philips, Paul Porcasi, Dickie Moore, Frank Puglia. (1937, 93 mins, Print from Films Inc.)