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Bride for Sale

Bride for Sale is a lot of escapist nonsense that manages to be generally amusing, and sometimes hilariously so. Screwball angles are played up for laughs, the pacing is good and the playing enjoyable, making it entirely acceptable for light entertainment.

With:
Claudette Colbert Robert Young George Brent Max Baer Gus Schilling

Bride for Sale is a lot of escapist nonsense that manages to be generally amusing, and sometimes hilariously so. Screwball angles are played up for laughs, the pacing is good and the playing enjoyable, making it entirely acceptable for light entertainment.

Kingpinning the slapstick are Claudette Colbert, Robert Young and George Brent. Colbert does glib work as a tax expert for the accounting firm conducted by Brent. She figures to find the perfect husband, with suitable bankroll, by casing the returns the firm makes out. Brent wants to keep her on the job so enlists aid of Young to make like an eligible male, and woo the maiden.

On that basis of fun, William D. Russell’s direction marches the plot and the players along a broad path of antics.

Bride for Sale

Production: RKO/Crest. Director William D. Russell; Producer Jack H. Skirball; Screenplay Bruce Manning, Islin Auster; Camera Joseph Valentine; Editor Frederic Knudtson; Music Frederick Hollander

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: Claudette Colbert Robert Young George Brent Max Baer Gus Schilling

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