In Name Only (1939)





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Cary Grant stars as Alec Walker, a man whose wife Maida (Kay Francis) married him only for his wealth. He falls in love with another woman, played by Carole Lombard, only to find that his spiteful wife refuses to grant him a divorce.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

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Carole Lombard
as Julie Eden
Cary Grant
as Alec Walker
Kay Francis
as Maida Walker
Charles Coburn
as Richard Walker
Helen Vinson
as Suzanne Duress
Katherine Alexander
as Laura Morton
Jonathan Hale
as Dr. Edward `Ned' Gateson
Maurice Moscovich
as Dr. Muller
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Grace Walker
Peggy Ann Garner
as Ellen Eden
Spencer Charters
as Fred, Gardener
Alan Baxter
as Charley, Drunk in Bar
Harriet Matthews
as Woman on Boat
Sandra Morgan
as Woman on Boat
Harold Miller
as Man on Boat
John Dilson
as Steward
Douglas Gordon
as Steward
James Adamson
as Waiter
Tony Merlo
as Waiter
Frank Puglia
as Tony, Restaurant Manager
Alex Pollard
as Butler
Florence Wix
as Party guest
Clive Morgan
as Party guest
Charles Coleman
as Archie Duress
Sam Harris
as Party guest
Kathryn Wilson
as Party Guest
Grady Sutton
as Paul Graham, Suzanne's Escort
Bert Moorhouse
as College Man
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Farmer on truck
Lloyd Ingraham
as Elevator operator
Gus Glassmire
as Hospital Attendant
Robert Strange
as Hotel manager
Jack Chapin
as Bellhop
Harold Hoff
as Bellhop
George Rosener
as Dr. Hastings, Hotel Doctor
Edward Fliegel
as Night Clerk
John Laing
as Chauffeur
Frank Mills
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for In Name Only

All Critics (2)

... a well-made refined tearjerker melodrama that would have profited more as a screwball comedy.

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
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July 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for In Name Only

My kind of film. I love old melodrama and this one delivers in a big way. Cary Grant and Carole Lombard are fantastic and have a chemistry to them. As with all these films, you know it will all big ok, but it's certainly worth going through all the trials and tribulations to get there.

Kim S
Kim S

The story is heavily outdated and frankly not interesting enough for a full movie; it makes a relatively short movie feel much longer. Just the whole matter of getting a divorce is such a commonplace problem nowadays it feels a little tedious to go on so long about it. I understand the times were of course different, but I couldn't fully get into it like many other movies which had the main theme being divorce that were made in the 30's. Grant is solid as usual in a lessor role, as is Lombard. Very unmemorable.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

Kay Francis as the wife showed her sophistication, likeability and dark side. With Francis' help the writing came to life. Not to say that both Cary Grant and Carole Lombard didn't perform at the top of their game, they did. It's a classic romantic comedy and it's not to be missed.

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