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Genre  Drama, Romance
Music director  Roy Webb
Language  English
7.3/10 IMDb

Director  John Cromwell
Producer  George Haight
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Release date  August 18, 1939
Based on  Memory of Love 1935 novel  by Bessie Breuer
Writer  Richard Sherman (screen play), Bessie Breuer (novel)
Cast  Carole Lombard (Julie Eden), Cary Grant (Alec Walker), Kay Francis (Maida Walker), Charles Coburn (Richard Walker), Helen Vinson (Suzanne), Katharine Alexander (Laura)
Similar movies  Self/less, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland, The Face of Love, Driving Miss Daisy, The Secret of NIMH

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In Name Only is a 1939 romantic film starring Cary Grant, Carole Lombard and Kay Francis, directed by John Cromwell. It was based on the 1935 novel Memory of Love by Bessie Breuer. The fictional town it is based in, Bridgefield, Connecticut, is based on the town of Ridgefield, Connecticut.


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Alec Walker (Cary Grant) puts up with a loveless marriage to Maida (Kay Francis) until he meets widow Julie Eden (Carole Lombard). They fall in love and he asks his wife for a divorce. She refuses; as she goes on to tell him, she married him solely for his social position and wealth and won't give them up. She is such a skillful liar that she has Alec's parents (Charles Coburn, Nella Walker) convinced that Julie is out to destroy the marriage.

Julie breaks up with Alec since she cannot see any future with him. On Christmas Eve, a distraught Alec gets drunk, falls asleep in front of an open window, and becomes deathly ill. At the hospital, Dr. Muller (Maurice Moscovitch) tells Julie and Alec's father that the patient is likely to recover if he has the will to live. Julie lies to Alec, telling him that Maida will let him go.

When Maida shows up and tries to see Alec, Julie blocks her. With no one else in the room, Maida freely admits she gave up the man she really loved for Alec's position and his father's wealth. However, Alec's parents enter behind her and overhear her cold-blooded admission. Maida's plotting exposed, the path to Alec and Julie's happiness is now clear.


  • Carole Lombard as Julie Eden
  • Cary Grant as Alec Walker
  • Kay Francis as Maida Walker
  • Charles Coburn as Richard Walker
  • Helen Vinson as Suzanne Ducross, Maida's "best" friend, who makes a play for Alec herself
  • Katherine Alexander as Laura Morton, Julie's sister, embittered against men by her own unhappy experience
  • Jonathan Hale as Dr. Ned Gateson, a friend of the Walker family
  • Nella Walker as Grace Walker
  • Alan Baxter as Charley
  • Maurice Moscovitch as Dr. Muller
  • Peggy Ann Garner as Ellen Eden, Julie's daughter
  • Charles Coleman as Archie Duross
  • Reception

    The film was praised by critics: Variety's critic wrote: "In the steering of the story director John Cromwell has made every situation as believable as could be accomplished in order to sustain the dramatic undercurrent, strife and the beleaguered romance which has developed. Cary Grant and Carole Lombard emerge highly impressive." "Soap opera par excellence," wrote Frank Nugent in The New York Times, "blessed with a peerless cast."

    Despite both Grant and Lombard playing against type, the film was popular and earned a profit of $155,000.


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