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In Name Only (1939)

Carole Lombard , Cary Grant , John Cromwell  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Kay Francis, Charles Coburn, Helen Vinson
  • Directors: John Cromwell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058K5SD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alec Walker's wife Maida is a beauty, but she's also a venomous, self-absorbed schemer. Then Alec falls for an open-hearted widow named Julie. And Maida turns wedding vows into a steel trap: If Alec files for divorce, she'll drag Julie into court as a homewrecker - and use Julie's little daughter as a witness. In one of their rare screen pairings, movie greats Cary Grant and Carole Lombard portray Alec and Julie in a tender, emotion-laden tale that ranks among the era's great romantic melodramas. While vindictive Maida (Kay Francis in a bravura turn) treats love like war, Alec and Julie treat love like love, displaying the warmth and deep devotion of a couple meant for each other...but who may be kept forever apart.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet romance... July 13, 2002
By ehakus
Format:VHS Tape
Generally, I am not a big fan of "mushy romantic movies." This, however, is one of the few romantic movies I really enjoy. It is very sweet, charming, and for the most part believable, mainly because of the great performances of the two stars, Cary Grant and Carole Lombard.
Essentially, In Name Only is the story of a debonair and wealthy man named Alec Walker(Cary Grant) stuck in a loveless marriage with a woman interested only in her husband's social position and money (Kay Francis, in another excellent performance). When he meets innocent and sweet Julie Eden (Carole Lombard), Alec decides to divorce his wife and remarry. The evil wife, however, has no intention of allowing her husband to leave her without money and influence.
Although this movie could easily have been too sentimental, it is saved by the wonderful performances of the stars. Ironically enough, Grant and Lombard, the greatest screwball comedians of the era, were only together in this one movie - which is a serious drama, not a screwball comedy. Still, Grant and Lombard's wit and talent shine through in this movie, and it is touching and at times quite funny. There are not many strictly romantic movies I would recommend, but this is one of them! It is good for the whole family. So, get this movie and discover a little known gem from 1939.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intensely Satisfying Romance August 11, 2002
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Cary Grant and Carole Lombard both broke out of their comic molds to make a very poignant romance, and the result was unforgettable movie magic. The plot quickly draws you in as the chillingly sinister Kay Francis seeks to thwart the happiness of lovers Grant and Lombard.
It's not just a story about good versus evil, however. This is also a movie about the battles that good people fight within themselves. Lombard convincingly struggles throughout the film with the realization that her love for Grant is going to break up his home. The film's resolution is very satisfying, very believable and undeniably romantic. You must see these two stars playing some of the best roles of their careers.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both stars July 19, 2005
By coops32
Format:VHS Tape
Although not a comedy, this is the best Cary Grant movie ever. It draws you in the same way An Affair to Remember does and doesn't let go throguh out the entire movie.

Kay Francis does an amazing job playing the cold mean wife and Carole Lombard is at her best!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! June 28, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I like old black and white movies and I adore the Hollywood stars of the golden era, such as Cary Grant and Carole Lombard. I wish this movie was available in DVD. Maybe soon it will be...

This movie is a romance drama, and I think that both Cary and Carole did a good job. The storyline was well done and believable. Kay Francis co-starred as the conniving, gold-digging wife of Cary who tries to thwart the love of Cary and Carole. In the end though, Kay's character gets her just do.

The imagery and cinematography was crisp and the lighting was very good.

This is not a movie that one sees on a usual basis (on tv or in the video stores), so this would be a nice addition to your classic movie collection at home.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FINE DRAMA October 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
An intelligent, funny and diverting little love triangle obviously filmed on a Grade "A" budget. Kay Francis plays Maida, the heartless wife of Grant who married him for his money and social position. The performances in this all but forgotten little 1939 gem are generally excellent with Lombard taking the acting honours. Carole plays her role of Julie Eden in a refreshingly natural and unaffected way which was quite uncommon in the late thirties; her performance still looks fresh today. As the mercenary Maida, Francis is more affected, but she had the ability to make one dislike her instensely; hers is a typical thirties leading-lady performance. Grant is his usual devil-may-care rascally self and there's really nothing surprising about him in this, however his comic timing is superb as usual. As Maida's "best friend" Suzanne, the largely forgotten Helen Vinson is both funny and bitchy in an obvious yet amusing way. The best scene has Kay admit to Carole that she's been conniving to get a huge settlement after Grant's Dad (the great Charles Coburn) passes away - however, she made a stupid blunder - she says this confession within Coburn's presence (which is unknown to her) and he at last he realises what a witch his perfectly charming daughter-in-law really is! Lombard's daughter is played by a very young Peggy Ann Garner and Carole's sister is played by a familiar actress - whose name escapes me - and she overacted in her histrionic playing. The photography was beautiful and the quality of the VHS print was sharp and clear; even the musical score was engaging. A harmless little movie which can give viewers some insight on the the dramatic side of the uniquely gifted Carole Lombard who was equally adept at Screwball comedies. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the hankies! March 10, 2006
By Todd L.
Format:VHS Tape
*Sept 2011 update- Finally, it's coming out on DVD!! There is a God!! I won't have to look at the DVR copy from TCM I recorded two years ago.
This is one of the best from its time. Pure melodrama. Grant, Lombard and Francis are in their prime here. It is interesting to see how our world viewed marriage and relationships in this era, the late 1930's. The storyline for its time was basic. Man is in a bad marriage (why do these people get together in the first place?). Man meets the right girl but current wife has other plans (his money and his name). Current wife plays every card to stop true love (can't a woman take a hint? He doesn't want you!). Turn of events (usually a tragedy) trips up current wife and destined couple come together.
I just wish that this would come to DVD. I would love to see how this could be remade but given Hollywood's penchant to completely miss the mark on these things, maybe it would be best that it be left alone. Besides I really don't want to see George Clooney leave Catherine Zeta-Jones for Jennifer Aniston. Do you?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant and Carole Lombard are delightful together in this ...
Cary Grant and Carole Lombard are delightful together in this poignant story about second chances. A young Peggy Ann Garner shows the qualities that will later make her shine in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Wohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stars. Unusual story line
Highly entertaining. Great stars. Unusual story line. I will watch it again.
Published 1 month ago by Christiane
1.0 out of 5 stars Real love story about real love from one of hollywood's best ...
Real love story about real love from one of hollywood's best loved leading man and classiest dresser(Cary Grant). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Newman Brazier Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love all the old classics & U will enjoy, too
Published 1 month ago by cheryl g jeter
5.0 out of 5 stars In Name Only
One of my favorite Christmas movies. Kay Francis excels as the greedy wife who'd stop at nothing to keep her wealthy husband. And Cary Grant (well who doesn't love Cary Grant? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terese T. Mullican
5.0 out of 5 stars In Name Only
I greatly enjoyed this dramatic turn by screwball comedian Carole Lombard. Lombard shines as a woman in love with an unhappily married man.
Published 5 months ago by Karen Barnett
1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is rated for DVD players, it will not function on my dvd\vcr
This is the third or fourth time I have received discs with incompatible formats. The expense and inconvience of packaging and postage doubles the price of the items. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary G. Hodgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the plot Love old classics
This is one fo the best movies with Cary Grant acting really well I should say Outstanding. I love watching all his movies. This is one of the best. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Leroy L Beavers Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Carole Lombard and Cary Grant
Great black and white with Cary Grant and Carole Lombard!Its a great romance with great dialogue and an interesting ending
Published 8 months ago by Coyogi29
5.0 out of 5 stars In Name Only.
This is a very good story acted by first rate actors. Cary Grant had a hidden part to his acting. He could look really suspicious, or nasty, or secretive, and then came his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jenny Smith
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