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In Name Only1939

In Name Only (1939)




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Cary Grant stars as Alec Walker, a man whose wife Maida (Kay Francis) married him only for his wealth. He falls in love with another woman, played by Carole Lombard, only to find that his spiteful wife refuses to grant him a divorce.

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Carole Lombard
as Julie Eden
Cary Grant
as Alec Walker
Kay Francis
as Maida Walker
Charles Coburn
as Richard Walker
Helen Vinson
as Suzanne Duress
Katherine Alexander
as Laura Morton
Jonathan Hale
as Dr. Edward `Ned' Gateson
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Grace Walker
Peggy Ann Garner
as Ellen Eden
Spencer Charters
as Fred, Gardener
Alan Baxter
as Charley, Drunk in Bar
Harriet Matthews
as Woman on Boat
Sandra Morgan
as Woman on Boat
Harold Miller
as Man on Boat
John Dilson
as Steward
Tony Merlo
as Waiter
Frank Puglia
as Tony, Restaurant Manager
Florence Wix
as Party guest
Clive Morgan
as Party guest
Charles Coleman
as Archie Duress
Sam Harris
as Party guest
Kathryn Wilson
as Party Guest
Grady Sutton
as Paul Graham, Suzanne's Escort
Bert Moorhouse
as College Man
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Farmer on truck
Lloyd Ingraham
as Elevator operator
Gus Glassmire
as Hospital Attendant
Robert Strange
as Hotel manager
Jack Chapin
as Bellhop
Harold Hoff
as Bellhop
George Rosener
as Dr. Hastings, Hotel Doctor
Edward Fliegel
as Night Clerk
John Laing
as Chauffeur
Frank Mills
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for In Name Only

All Critics (6)

In its lighter moments and in a few of its more sombre ones, the film is good, solid entertainment.

May 27, 2021 | Full Review…

Cary Grant is consistently amusing in playing his typical Cary Grant role.

July 27, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

In Name Only is a turgid melodrama, but rises above itself with Lombard and Grant's lead acting.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A very good film, characteristic of a whole era. [Full Review in Spanish]

June 27, 2019 | Full Review…

... a well-made refined tearjerker melodrama that would have profited more as a screwball comedy.

August 22, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Name Only


Considering the three main stars a curiously obscure drama from the legendary year of 1939. Superior soap opera contains some of the best work Cary Grant, Carole Lombard and Kay Francis ever put on film. Carole shows that she wasn't just a superb comedienne but a skilled dramatic actress. Cary is just right in blending the facile with the seriousness of the untenable situation he finds himself in. As good as both of them are, and they are great, even better is Kay Francis, a portrait in silky malevolence. This was inexpicably almost the end of her film career, she ended up in Poverty Row junk only a few years later and after watching this it's hard to understand how this didn't open up a whole new chapter for her as the wicked woman of cinema. Perhaps she was just too early for noir, she would have been perfect as a poison pit viper in many of those pictures.

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