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In Name Only

Released Aug 4, 1939 1h 42m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 73% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Wealthy Alec Walker (Cary Grant) finds himself in a depressing and passionless marriage to Maida (Kay Francis), and is shocked to discover that she has heartlessly married him only for the prestige of his money and position. While horseback riding one day, Alec happens upon Julie Eden (Carole Lombard), a widowed fashion artist and mother of a 5-year-old daughter, and soon the two fall in love. Maida learns of his feelings for Julie, but instead of asking for a divorce, she negotiates. Read More Read Less
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Vincent Johnson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In its lighter moments and in a few of its more sombre ones, the film is good, solid entertainment. May 28, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Cary Grant is consistently amusing in playing his typical Cary Grant role. Rated: 8/10 Jul 27, 2020 Full Review Leslie Combemale Cinema Siren In Name Only is a turgid melodrama, but rises above itself with Lombard and Grant's lead acting. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review Alberto Abuín Espinof A very good film, characteristic of a whole era. [Full Review in Spanish] Jun 28, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews ... a well-made refined tearjerker melodrama that would have profited more as a screwball comedy. Rated: B- Aug 22, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The 3 stars make it a solid outing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/13/24 Full Review kevin w Why RKO would shoehorn two of the brightest of the light comedy stars into a common soap opera melodrama is anyone's guess, but here it is, very nearly a parody - it's that bad. More interesting is the behind-the-scenes story of how Carole Lombard campaigned for her "box office poison" co-star, Kay Francis, to get to play the "bad girl" in this, and it's really the best part, or rather Francis makes it the best. She gives good bad. Lombard and Grant? Always quality, naturally. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r Melodramatic soap opera. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. www.what-to-watch.com Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Wealthy Alec Walker (Cary Grant) finds himself in a depressing and passionless marriage to Maida (Kay Francis), and is shocked to discover that she has heartlessly married him only for the prestige of his money and position. While horseback riding one day, Alec happens upon Julie Eden (Carole Lombard), a widowed fashion artist and mother of a 5-year-old daughter, and soon the two fall in love. Maida learns of his feelings for Julie, but instead of asking for a divorce, she negotiates.
Director
John Cromwell
Producer
George Haight
Screenwriter
Richard Sherman
Production Co
RKO Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 4, 1939, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 10, 2017
Runtime
1h 42m
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