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Cross-Country Romance (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 12 July 1940 (USA)
Chase across the country romance.


Frank Woodruff


Eleanor Brown (novel) (as Eleanor Browne), Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ... Dr. Lawrence 'Larry' Smith
Wendy Barrie ... Diane North, aka Maggie 'Jonesy' Jones
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. North
Billy Gilbert ... Orestes
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Walter Corbett (as George P. Huntley)
Berton Churchill ... Col. Conway
Tom Dugan ... Pete
Edgar Dearing ... Ed Sweeney (motorcycle cop #1)
Frank Sully ... Mike (motorcycle cop #2)
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Police Capt. G.G. Burke
Dorothea Kent ... Millie


Chase across the country romance.

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He Chased Her From State To State... Until She Caught Him!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

12 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cross Country Romance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $7,500 reward would be the equivalent of $129,000 in 2016. See more »


When Larry first finds Diane in his trailer and begins questioning her, she tells him that she has an uncle in San Francisco, but Larry has not yet told her that San Francisco is his destination. See more »

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Going to China with Gene
7 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If there was one thing Hollywood had a bumper crop of it was movies about runaway heiresses. I think someone figured out that after It Happened One Night it was the wish of the American male to find some runaway heiress and romance and wed them so they could escape the grind of the Depression. I'm sure off the top of any reader's head they could think of at least ten films with runaway heiresses from A pictures right down to this one from RKO, Cross-Country Romance.

The heiress is Wendy Barrie who is feeling trapped by a marriage her mother Hedda Hopper has arranged with G.P. Huntley, Jr., one gigantic drip of a human being. Doctor Gene Raymond is on his way to San Francisco to catch a boat to China, but as his last official act for the hospital he's working he agrees to drop off a scroll thanking Hopper for her charitable contributions. Coincidentally on the day of Barrie's wedding.

Barrie takes the opportunity to sneak out and hitch a ride in the trailer that Raymond has. If you've seen It Happened One Night and a few dozen other films you know exactly where this is going.

Although this has all really been done before, I wouldn't be surprised if there were two or three other heiress pictures in release when Cross- Country Romance was in first run. The leads are easy to take and RKO did get them a nice supporting cast which also included Billy Gilbert in a part as a hash house cook, something he seems to be repeating from On The Avenue, Berton Churchill and Tom Dugan as a pair of conmen, and of course Hopper who was really hitting her stride as Hollywood's favorite gossip columnist as her movie career became more of a sideline.

Look quickly toward the end and you'll see Alan Ladd as the first mate of a China bound ship. Cross-Country Romance is not bad for the genre of heiress pictures.

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