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  • The performance given by robert cummings is good.He gets caught by his wife barbara stanwyck in the arms of diana lynn several times.Not by his own doing but he gets blamed anyway.Diana Lynn played a role of manipulation and did it very convincingly.And barbara stanwyck played the wife who is always one step ahead of everyone.
  • zeemanguy8 January 2003
    Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Cummings are married but having problems. She loves horses and he doesn't. He keeps getting caught in compromising positions that aren't of his own doing. Natalie Wood is one of their children. She has a very minor part. Sort of cute and worth watching if you like one of the stars.
  • bkoganbing9 September 2020
    In a recent biography of Barbara Stanwyck I read that The Bride Wore Boots was a flop at the post war box office in 1946. After watching the film my conclusion was that the movie going public was looking for more serious work in the post World War 2 world. Before 1942 this might have actually made some money for Paramount.

    Stanwyck plays a Virginia girl from the country club horsey set who married a Yankee writer played by Robert Cummings. Barbara loves her horses and her husband can't stand them and is not at one with the horse when he tries to ride.

    There's also Patric Knowles who is a neighbor and who is after Barbara and mushmouth southern belle Diana Lynn who is circling like a bird of prey over Bob.

    The climax is a steeplechase race with Cummings as a game, but totally hopeless rider. Prety funny stuff.

    Not the best of Stanwyck films out there, but not too bad.
  • The film opens with Sally Warren (Stanwyck) and hubby Jeff (Cummings) out riding, and bickering over why they live in the country, instead of in the city where they had originally agreed to live. Then Lance, Sally 's old flame shows up, and honks the horn over and over, scaring the horses, causing Jeff to get tossed off yet again! (You'd think being a horse person, Lance would know better than to honk the horn over and over right near the horses...) This is a story of marriage, love, and the meaning of giving... it IS Christmas time, so Sally and Jeff get each other gifts that they think the other will like, but things take a strange turn along the way! Having Sally's old flame around only makes things worse. Robert Benchley is here for comic relief as Uncle Todd. And a young thing starts coming on to Jeff, which doesn't help either. Costumes by Edit Head, (of course) and directed by Irvinv Pichel, one of FIVE films he released that year! Good, clean fun, if you can take all the bickering. It looks like the only other project Cummings and Stanwyck worked on "together" was "Flesh and Fantasy", but they were in different chapters of that film, so not sure how much they actually worked together on that one.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    As a huge fan of Barbara Stanwyck's, I have been waiting for only a handful of movies of hers to appear either on video or on cable to mark off my list of unseen films. Like another recent title I had been searching for ("Ten Cents a Dance"), I was highly disappointed, yet glad I got to catch it. Barbara is an expert light comic actress when she is given a good script. Look at "The Lady Eve", which is considered one of the classic screwball comedies of all times. The year before this, she was absolutely delightful in the charming "Christmas in Connecticut", which lightened up her reputation after "Double Indemnity" cast her as a murderess. Those two films, in addition to a few other comedies she did ("Red Salute", "Breakfast For Two", "The Mad Miss Manton", even "You Belong to Me") had at least amusing stories with funny characters. A few of them actually were extremely well written. But "The Bride Wore Boots", like a similarly titled comedy she did ("The Bride Walks Out"), is a comedy lacking in laughs.

    Like "The Awful Truth", this is a comedy about divorce. It opens at Christmas with Stanwyck introduced as a horse-loving Southern girl whose husband (Robert Cummings) knows absolutely nothing about horses. He's more interested in antiques, which results in her getting him a desk presumably owned by Jefferson Davis. He gets her a horse, which turns out to be a 12-year old well past his prime, too old for horse racing. Cummings, cast as a poor sap who can't seem to do anything right to save his marriage, gets into a sparring match with Stanwyck's old flame, Patric Knowles, while an extremely annoying Southern belle (Diana Lynn) sets her sights on trapping Cummings, which leads Stanwyck to divorce court. Peggy Wood, best known as the Reverand Mother in "The Sound of Music", plays Stanwyck's mother, and is the most amusing supporting character in the film, similar to Lucille Watson's character in "The Women", although more acerbic. Robert Benchley too offers a bit of his dry humour, more than welcome with the presence of Knowles and Lynn around. Natalie Wood is one of Stanwyck and Cumming's children, whom it appears aren't really all that important to their parents in an effort to save their marriage. Natalie is only amusing in one sequence where she is upset when her brother shoots the angel off the Christmas tree, something she had wanted do so herself.

    There were more than a dozen comedies about divorce during the heyday of the screwball comedy, so this one (a bit late in the game) doesn't come anywhere near to the quality of those, most notably "The Awful Truth" and "Love Crazy". Stanwyck is lovely, and does her best with a rather mediocre script. It's no wonder with films like this that she concentrated mainly on melodramas and westerns for the remainder of her career. Cummings, who seemed to be alternating with Ray Milland for these types of roles, plays a total wimp here who only gets some spice when he crowns Knowles with a horse's feed bag. Actually, that horse is funnier than most of the actors here, coming back after dumping Cummings off of him during a race to urge him to get back on. The only thing the horse doesn't do is laugh at him, which is probably what he needed to do. Veteran black character actor Willie Best adds a nice touch as the stable boy, embellishing his character with less stereotypical behavior than usually given to actors like himself.
  • An intermittently amusing comedy about mismatched mates, "The Bride Wore Boots" boasts a fine comedic performance by the incomparable Barbara Stanwyck; during her long career, she shifted easily between drama and comedy, westerns and soap operas, crime and heroics, and here she demonstrates her acute comedy timing. Based on a play by Harry Segall, the script has some mildly funny moments, but lots of silly and absurd ones as well, although Stanwyck emerges unscathed despite the nonsense around her.

    Sally Warren, played by Barbara Stanwyck, is a wealthy Virginian with a deep love for horses, while her husband, Jeff, played by Bob Cummings, intensely dislikes horses and prefers to research and write about the Civil war. Jeff's elderly female readers, members of the Daughters of the Confederacy, present him with the stuffed horse of a Southern General, which is displayed next to Sally's Christmas present to him, an antique desk, falsely attributed to Jefferson Davis. Meanwhile, Jeff gives Sally an equally awkward gift, a racing horse named Albert, whose advanced age qualifies him for the glue factory. Despite their marital differences, the couple has produced two unruly children, Johnnie and Carol, whose antics include chasing a goat through the house; Carol is played by 8-year-old Natalie Wood, whose beauty is already apparent.

    The husband and wife not only have their differences, but the actors playing them also take different approaches. Cummings's broad comedy style is hardly subtle; his nervous fussing and self-conscious laughs worked better during his subsequent television years. In this film, he is at odds with Stanwyck's skillful and underplayed delivery of the lines; her expressions and tone enhance the dialog, rather than use it to mug for the second balcony. To generate tension and jealousy between the couple, the chaotic script throws in a romantic triangle or rather quadrangle with mixed results. Diana Lynn plays a young Daughter of the Confederacy, whose pursuit of the much older Cummings is unconvincing and forced. However, the handsome Patric Knowles, as Virginia horseman Lance Gale, provides a convincing diversion for Sally and raises the question as to why she married a bookish historian with an aversion to horses in the first place. Robert Benchley and Peggy Wood are solid and entertaining support as Sally's Uncle and Mother.

    If intended as screwball comedy, "The Bride Wore Boots" fails to deliver, although Stanwyck does her best with a sly comedic performance that in itself makes the film worthwhile. However, much silliness, incredible moments, and a miscast Cummings must be overlooked to focus on the marvelous actress.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Sorry to be sour; I enjoy older movies, even silly ones, but when they have that grating fingernails-on-chalkboard caricatures that just set-up bad feelings as being funny, then I'm not amused.

    It's not much of a spoiler, but the scene early in where Jeff has fallen off his horse, is trying to get back on, and then a car comes around and blast its horn loooong, and then you find out the driver, Grant, is a highly experienced horse owner, it's too unbelievable.

    Obvious manipulation of the viewer always tells me that the writer was immature or spent little time on the script. Why waste an entire movie on a weak script? It's filler, and who needs to waste their time that badly?

    Stanwyck is good, but gets only shallow lines. None of her brilliant smiles or coy glances that delight me in other pictures.
  • I kept thinking about The Philadelphia Story while watching this; the masterful way George Cukor works out the story line with Grant, Hepburn and Stewart all competing for attention. Well, Irving Pichel is no Cukor, and while Stanwyck easily equals Hepburn in comedic skill, Cummings and Knowles don't match Grant and Stewart in ability. Stanwyck and Peggy Wood, playing her mother, supply all the fireworks in this one. Albert the horse does everything but talk, maybe he's the real star.