Review: ‘In Name Only’

A novel by Bessie Breuer, Memory of Love, forms the basis for this wholly capable production. The story is a romantic drama of a familiar but highly poignant brand, relieved by smart comedy lines and touches.

A novel by Bessie Breuer, Memory of Love, forms the basis for this wholly capable production. The story is a romantic drama of a familiar but highly poignant brand, relieved by smart comedy lines and touches.

In the steering of the story director John Cromwell has made every situation as believable as could be accomplished in order to sustain the dramatic undercurrent, strife and the beleaguered romance which has developed.

Cary Grant and Carole Lombard emerge highly impressive. Grant figures in some of the comedy relief but Lombard is almost entirely on the romantic drama side, turning in a fine performance.

As the mercenary wife, Kay Francis does well, shading her role well. She does not photograph as well here, however; may-haps the idea was to make her less glamorous.

In Name Only

Production

RKO. Director John Cromwell; Producer George Haight; Screenplay Richard Sherman; Camera J. Roy Hunt; Editor William Hamilton; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, Perry Ferguson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Carole Lombard Cary Grant Kay Francis Charles Coburn Helen Vinson Peggy Ann Garner
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