The Purchase Price Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ November 27, 2010
This movie is both cute and realistic at times. It's a pretty good movie, and Stanwyck gives a good performance, but the rest of the cast is just okay, this movie could have been better, I think, but it's still pretty good.
Super Reviewer
June 26, 2010
Frank pre-code drama about seen it all dance hall gal who becomes mail order bride to a rough farmer and through many hardships forges a happy life with him.
August 11, 2009
As in a lot of movies from this period the appeal of the leads are what's gonna keep you entertained. Interesting change of scenery in this one. I found it neat to see the rural setting and farm life. Though Stanwyck's character seems to become too accustomed to rural life far too easily and in love with her husband a bit too quickly. Not bad though.
½ May 27, 2009
Dated and oddly uncomfortable in parts, but carries through on Stanwyck's charisma and some unique Wellman moments. For the pre-code fan this is a curious detour into rural surroundings.
½ March 16, 2012
Wellman seems to work in extremes. He either makes a broad, difficult piece of social criticism (HEROES FOR SALE). Or he makes something that does little to challenge the audience. THE PURCHASE PRICE is, unfortunately, the latter of the two.

It does have some moments. The pre-code circumstances encourage some rough violence at times and do allow for a more complicated relationship between Stanwyck and Brent. Brent is one ideal counterpart for Stanwyck's iron will. She always seemed too smart and shrewd to be a real sexpot, but Brent can bend through that and get some genuine feeling out of her. Something by which some much better actors are defeated.

Wellman isn't particularly adept at photographing Stanwyck, although the pictures of her against the expansive farming landscape are Fordian. When not worrying about photographing ladies, the pictures are very clear and beautiful for 1932. The restoration also deserves credit for the wonderful preservation of imagery.

THE PURCHASE PRICE says little and does so with nice pictures. It's always a joy to watch young Stanwyck, especially in her Pre-Code years. You might not learn anything, but you will see one version of love come to life.
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