Almost A Bride (1949) live action, movie – USA (b&w)

almost a bride
director: Richard Wallace
writers: Howard Dimsdale, F Hugh Herbert
starring: Shirley Temple, David Niven, Tom Tully, Virginia Welles, Darryl Hickman, Gloria Holden, Robert Ellis, Kathryn Card, Richard Gaines, Roy Roberts

Corliss is a 17 year old girl. Marquis is a well known man going through his third divorce. Corliss’s father is an attorney representing Marquis’ wife. Corliss is mad at her boyfriend, Dexter, and decides to write in her diary about Marquis in order to make Dexter jealous. Of course, this all leads to everyone being convinced that Corliss and Marquis are engaged, with Marquis playing along in order to annoy her father.

In all honesty, I think Shirley Temple wasn’t able to transition very well into more adult roles. Maybe it’s just because I’m so used to her being a little girl. But I felt like they were trying to keep her cute and innocent and sweet and it just didn’t work. Especially with her using one guy to make another jealous, even if it was all made up and she only met the one guy once.

That being said though, Marquis (David Niven) was kinda funny and the scenes with him, if nothing else, made this movie worth watching.


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