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The Toy Wife (1938)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 June 1938 (USA)
The beautiful and frivolous wife of a plantation owner in antebellum Louisiana proves unsatisfactory at running the household, leading her serious-minded husband to enlist the help of her unmarried sister.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Zoe Akins (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Luise Rainer ... Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard
Melvyn Douglas ... George Sartoris
Robert Young ... Andre Vallaire
Barbara O'Neil ... Louise Brigard
H.B. Warner ... Victor Brigard
Alma Kruger ... Madame Vallaire
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Suzanne
Theresa Harris ... 'Pick'
Walter Kingsford ... Judge Rondell
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Pompey
Clarence Muse ... Brutus
Leonard Penn ... Gaston Vincent
Alan Perl Alan Perl ... Georgie
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Storyline

'The toy wife' or how to spoil your own life and the lives of others by being fickle and frivolous. This is the story of Gilberte, a beautiful sixteen-year-old girl who charms, attracts and seduces all the men she meets. Back in Louisiana after a stay in France, she will steal her fiancé from her loving and beloved sister Louise. Once married with George, she will prove a poor mother for little Georgie, a poor manager of the plantation and an unfaithful wife. She indeed starts an affair with André, the dashing young man she actually loves. Tragedy will ensue. Written by Guy Bellinger

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SHE SAID "MAKE THE MOST OF LIFE AND LOVE" (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mlle. Froufrou See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The year 1938 was a year of renewed interest in the American Civil War with the release of Jezebel (1938) from Warner Bros. and the success of the novel "Gone with the Wind" which was also being adapted for the screen. MGM did not want to miss the fad, so they rushed this film into production. See more »

Quotes

Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard: How strange
Andre Vallaire: What is this?
Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard: That I, who have never thought of myself as wicked, have done so much harm.
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Crazy Credits

Opening title card: Gone is the flag of France from Lousiana, but until the civil war, the life of its French residents in New Orleans and on the great plantations was life under the old regime in France... See more »

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Referenced in Another Romance of Celluloid (1938) See more »

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Great movie!
12 January 2006 | by jvargas454See all my reviews

I have watched television over the last forty years and this is one of the few black and white movies that I missed. It was great to see one of the greats again. This movie invokes a wide set of emotions that doesn't require explicit sex, explosions or fast plots. The photography is outstanding and every close up is a prefect portrait of expression and lighting. Luise Rainer gives an incredible performance. After reading her biography, I understand that she is known for her emotional dramatic acting and hand postures, but in this film, I don't see how any one could have pretended to be as beautiful and flighty. The character was "almost" mentally ill, that is nearly detached from reality. Flighty and beautiful...a prefect performance. I'd have to say that she stole the show. *S* Thank you Luise.


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