Bride for Sale (1949)

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Tax expert Nora Shelley thinks she can find a suitable husband by inspecting clients' tax documents.



  • Claudette Colbert and Robert Young in Bride for Sale (1949)
  • Claudette Colbert and Robert Young in Bride for Sale (1949)
  • Robert Young in Bride for Sale (1949)
  • Claudette Colbert, Robert Young, Max Baer, George Brent, and Gus Schilling in Bride for Sale (1949)
  • Claudette Colbert, Robert Young, and George Brent in Bride for Sale (1949)
  • Claudette Colbert, Robert Young, and George Brent in Bride for Sale (1949)

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10 October 2017 | rdoyle29
| Good Lord what a terrible plot
George Brent owns a tax accounting business. His office is disorganized, so he hires a former army major to run his office. This turns out to be Claudette Colbert. He's not convinced that a woman can do the job, but he gives her a chance and she turns out to be the best office manager he has ever had. Perhaps too good. Afraid that she intends to leave and set up her own firm, taking all his clients with her, he confronts her. She confesses that working for a living has just been an elaborate ruse to find a husband. (Yes, this really happens.) She explains that all she wants is a wealthy homebody to call her own, and having access to a man's tax records gives her the insight she needs to pick a husband. Not wanting to lose his office manager, Brent decides to teach her a lesson and get his buddy Robert Young to pose as a wealthy museum curator with fake tax records to back him up. He is to lure Colbert in, get her to fall in love with him, and then dump her cold, teaching her that tax records can't tell you everything about a man. I am generally not one to slag a movie for having outdated, regressive beliefs, but it's actually pretty hard to set aside the abominable plot of this film. It definitely has it's charms. Colbert is always a joy to watch, and there are some great supporting turns, Max Baer in particular. However, this film ends up with both Brent and Young competing for Colbert's hand in marriage and you can't help but feel that she'd be better off without either of them.

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12 November 1949



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