The Wedding Night (1935)
This romantic tragedy centers on the star-crossed love between a troubled and married writer and the beautiful Polish girl who becomes his inspiration. They meet while he and his wife are on a country retreat. As the girl and the writer get to know each other, he learns that her stern father has betrothed her to a man she does not love. In time, she comes to love the writer though. One night, long after his wife has returned to the city, a terrible snowstorm erupts and the girl (who has been working as his housekeeper) is forced to stay the night. Though things almost get romantic, the writer remembers himself at the last moment and goes into his bedroom by himself. The girl's father learns of her whereabouts and fearing the worst bursts into the house. Eventually, she reluctantly marries her betrothed, but when he accuses her of sleeping with the writer, she refuses to consummate the marriage. The enraged groom then rushes out to kill the writer. The woman goes with him in hopes of warning the writer, but is unable to prevent tragedy from ensuing. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Night
While there is a mild confusion about whether ingénue Sten is mean to be a new Lombard or a new Garbo, the mixture serves the script's needs.
Audience Reviews for The Wedding Night
Heavy handed dour drama was the last of the big budget films to try and turn Anna Sten, Goldwyn's Folly, into another Garbo. The mistake of that was the actress while not bad, a little overfond of popping her eyes but otherwise fine, isn't suited to that persona. Had they pursued a lighter image for her which she seems inclined to perhaps her career would have fared better in American films. Poor Ralph Bellamy, usually an enjoyable presence in pictures, is made ridiculous by his silly casting as a Polish peasant. Cooper fares better mostly because an accent is not forced upon him and his star power is able to shine through. The person who comes across best even though her character is not the most pleasant is Helen Vinson as Cooper's estranged wife. It is at times confusing since she and Sten bear a strong resemblance to each other a fact not played up in the movie and so it serves no purpose but to distract the audience.More
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