They All Kissed the Bride

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They All Kissed the Bride
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alexander Hall
Produced by Edward Kaufman
Written by Story:
Gina Kaus
Andrew P. Solt
P. J. Wolfson
Starring Joan Crawford
Melvyn Douglas
Roland Young
Billie Burke
Music by Morris Stoloff
Cinematography Joseph Walker
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
June 11, 1942
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[1]

They All Kissed the Bride is a 1942 American screwball comedy film by Columbia Pictures starring Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas. The film was directed by Alexander Hall and produced by Edward Kaufman. The screenplay by P. J. Wolfson was based on a story by Gina Kaus and Andrew P. Solt.

The plot follows a trucking firm executive who falls in love.

Crawford took over the title role after Carole Lombard died in a plane crash in early 1942. Crawford donated all of her pay for this film to the American Red Cross.[2]


Margaret Drew (Crawford) runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes (Douglas) who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time for men, the effect an attractive stranger has on her at her sister's wedding is unnerving. When it turns out this is the hated writer, she starts seriously to lose her bearings.



They All Kissed the Bride was originally slated to star Carole Lombard in a follow-up film to the successful To Be or Not to Be. However, she died in a 1942 plane crash after departing Las Vegas on her way back from a bond-selling tour in. Louis B. Mayer at MGM agreed to let Crawford place on loan to Columbia, where producer Edward Kaufman has to rework the script to fit Crawford's style of comedy. In fact, Mayer rarely lent out stars of Crawford's stature, not wanting other studios to profit from MGM's star-making machine. Crawford insisted that Melvyn Douglas (with whom she had appeared in the 1938 flop The Shining Hour) star opposite her.[2]


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