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Two Heads on a Pillow (1934)

Two attorneys who used to be married to each other are representing opposite sides in a divorce case.


William Nigh


Dorothy Canfield (story "Eternal Masculine, The"), Albert DeMond


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Hamilton ... John C. Smith
Miriam Jordan ... Evelyn Smith / Evelyn Adams
Henry Armetta ... Enrico Populopulini
Hardie Albright ... David L. Talbot
Dorothy Appleby ... Mitzie LaVerne
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Caroline Devonshire
Edward Martindel ... Judge Benjamin Gorman
Claude King ... Albert Devonshire
Lona Andre ... Pamela Devonshire
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Agnes Walker
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Samuel Walker (as Edward Kane)
Claire McDowell ... Mrs. Helen Gorman
George J. Lewis ... Anthony Populopulini
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Van Suydam
Nellie V. Nichols ... Mrs. Rose Populopulini


Two attorneys who used to be married to each other are representing opposite sides in a divorce case.

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

2 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Can't Lose See more »

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Production Co:

Liberty Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film has been preserved (but not restored) by the Library of Congress. See more »


When John and Evelyn are seated at the nightclub, the waiter gives them both menus. But, in the next shot, they both suddenly have cocktails before them and the menus have disappeared. (This could be due to the poor condition of the print shown on TCM, however.) See more »


John C. Smith: I'm sick and tired of this. You slap my face so often everybody at the office think I use rouge.
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Almost...and a re-write would have made this an exceptional film.
21 September 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Two Heads on a Pillow" is a cheap B-movie. Today, many folks think any low budget film is a B, but the term actually referred to the lesser film shown during a double feature. The A-picture was the larger budgeted and more prestigious film....and always made by an honest to goodness studio. As for the Bs, many were made by so-called "Poverty Row" studios...a term used to refer to outfits that rented out studio space from the big production companies. And, to secrue space, most Bs were made at night when the major studios were finished shooting for the day.

So were Bs bad? Not necessarily. There were some great B films. But the problem was that with low budgets, lesser named actors and filming at night didn't allow much time for re-writes. So, if a script had plot problems, it was often shot anyway...logical or not! This, sadly, is the problem with "Two Heads"...it really needed a re-write and some editing of the script would have made it a lovely movie. Instead, it's got a lot to love....and a lot to hate.

When the story begins, newly married John and Evelyn Smith are having a huge fight...so bad that soon they divorce. Seven years pass and now Evelyn is in John's life again. This is because they are now both lawyers and her client is sueing his! Where does all this go? See the film is you'd like.

The story has a lot of good in it. But too often, the writer seemed to think that folks go from cooing and being in love to practically murdering each other--like this is normal. And, again and again, the Smiths look like they are making up...only to have them screaming at each other over nothing. It really was NOT very good and ruined all the fine moments in the picture. In many ways, it's a lot like the lovely Hepburn/Tracy film "Adam's Rib"....but without the fine writing.

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