They Just Had to Get Married
|They Just Had to Get Married|
|Directed by||Edward Ludwig|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle Jr.|
|Written by||Gladys Lehman|
Preston Sturges (uncredited)
Clarence J. Marks (add'l dialogue)
|Based on||the 1914 Broadway play A Pair of Silk Stockings|
by Cyril Harcourt
|Music by||James Dietrich|
|Edited by||Ted J. Kent|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
The screenplay was written by Gladys Lehman, H.M. Walker, and an uncredited Preston Sturges, based on the Broadway play A Pair of Silk Stockings (1914) by Cyril Harcourt. This was the play's third film adaptation.
When wealthy Henry Davidson dies, he leaves all his money to his faithful butler, Sam Sutton (Summerville), and maid, Molly Hull (Pitts), who are finally able to get married. Their new lives as millionaires gets them involved with flirtatious Lola Montrose (Teasdale) and Davidson's relative Hillary Hume (Young), and complications ensue.
- Slim Summerville as Sam Sutton
- ZaSu Pitts as Molly Hull
- Roland Young as Hillary Hume
- Verree Teasdale as Lola Montrose
- C. Aubrey Smith as Hampton
- Robert Greig as Radcliff
- David Landau as Montrose
- Elizabeth Patterson as Lizzie
- Wallis Clark as Fairchilds
- David Leo Tillotson as Wilmont
- Vivien Oakland as Mrs. Fairchilds
- William Burress as Bradford
- Louise Mackintosh as Mrs. Bradford
- Bertram Marburgh as Langley
- Virginia Howell as Mrs. Langley
- James Donlan as Clerk
- Henry Armetta as Tony
- Fifi D'Orsay as Marie
- Cora Sue Collins as Rosalie
The original title of this film was They Had to Get Married. However, the Hays Office disapproved of this title, and requested the addition of the world "just". They Just Had to Get Married was the third film version of Cyril Harcourt's 1914 play, A Pair of Silk Stockings. The first two were both silent films: a 1918 Lewis J. Selznick presentation also called A Pair of Silk Stockings, and a 1927 Universal film, Silk Stockings. These films are unrelated to the 1957 film, Silk Stockings, a musical remake of Ninotchka (1939).
- TCM Screenplay info
- A Pair of Silk Stockings at the Internet Broadway Database
- TCM They Just Had to Get Married notes, tcm.com; accessed August 4, 2015.
- TCM Full synopsis
- Brennan, Sandra Synopsis, allmovie.com; accessed September 23, 2015.
- A Pair of Silk Stockings on IMDb
- Silk Stockings (1927) on IMDb
- IMDB They Just Had to Get Married release date, imdb.com; accessed August 4, 2015.