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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.
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.
Kay Francis does an amazing job playing the cold mean wife and Carole Lombard is at her best!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PUT THIS ON DVD
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.
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?
1939 is considered Hollywood's greatest year. This movie isn't one of the reasons why.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always like Cary Grant ,and this film, although sentimental, is not soppy.I think the dvd is good and I recommend the seller.Published 3 months ago by bully
Almost never seen on TV, rare to find, good movie with Lombard.Published 5 months ago by Sharon Shinas
One of the greatest classic love stories to be seen over and over again!!!Published 5 months ago by DANY LYNEN
THIS IS JUST A GOOD OLD CLASSIC MOVIE THAT YOU WISH IT WOULD BE THAT WAY IN LIFE SOMETIMES. IT MAKES YOU CRY IT MAKES YOU LAUGH AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD ALL IN ONE YOU WILL LOVE... Read morePublished 6 months ago by lonnie zeitz
My most beloved of all Cary Grant 72 movies. Cary Grant is so brilliant in this movie! His facial expression, his body language, his twists, turns are what makes this magnificent... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Giga Leach
A classic movie! Good drama with Carol Lombard and Cary Grant! Suitable as a " Christmas" or anytime movie!Published 7 months ago by april kyles
One of Grant's few films where he plays an unhappy character. Nice to see him play a different, serious role. It's easy to relate to the storyline. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tall Girl
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