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The Wedding Night1935

The Wedding Night (1935)




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This romantic tragedy centers on the star-crossed love between a troubled and married writer and the beautiful Polish girl who becomes his inspiration. As the girl and the writer get to know each other, he learns that her stern father has betrothed her to a man she does not love.


Gary Cooper
as Anthony 'Tony' Barrett
Anna Sten
as Manya Novak
Helen Vinson
as Dora Barrett
Ralph Bellamy
as Fredrik Sobieski
Sig Rumann
as Jan Nowak
Esther Dale
as Kaise Nowak
Leonid Snegoff
as Mr. Sobieski
Eleanor Wesselhoeft
as Mrs. Sobieski
Milla Davenport
as Grandmother
Hilda Vaughn
as Hezzie Jones
Walter Brennan
as Bill Jenkins
Douglas Wood
as Heywood
Violet Axzelle
as Frederica Sobieski
Ed Ebele
as Uncle
Richard Powell
as Truck Driver
August Tollaire
as Party Guest
Dave Wengren
as Party Guest
George Magrill
as Party Guest
Bernard Siegel
as Party Guest
Harry Semels
as Party Guest
Miami Alvarez
as Party Guest
Constance Howard
as Party Guest
Jay Eaton
as Party Guest
Jay Belasco
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Night

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

King Vidor, in his direction, handles the incidents with fine touch, keeping each character whole and consistent and developing a fluid action which moves easily from the American to the Polish home and back again.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

Much of the pleasure of The Wedding Night rests in the way director King Vidor plays fair with his slight material, never condescending to its melodramatic potential while finding fresh ways to express it.

May 24, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

To add that the direction itself is generally undistinguished if not mediocre completes the sad story.

February 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Anna Sten has never been more appealing than in this picture, and Gary Cooper gives his best performance to date.

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Weepie melodrama.

September 7, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

While there is a mild confusion about whether ingénue Sten is mean to be a new Lombard or a new Garbo, the mixture serves the script's needs.

August 7, 2009 | Rating: 53/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Night

Heavy handed dour drama was the last of the big budget films to try and turn Anna Sten, Goldwyn's Folly, into another Garbo. The mistake of that was the actress while not bad, a little overfond of popping her eyes but otherwise fine, isn't suited to that persona. Had they pursued a lighter image for her which she seems inclined to perhaps her career would have fared better in American films. Poor Ralph Bellamy, usually an enjoyable presence in pictures, is made ridiculous by his silly casting as a Polish peasant. Cooper fares better mostly because an accent is not forced upon him and his star power is able to shine through. The person who comes across best even though her character is not the most pleasant is Helen Vinson as Cooper's estranged wife. It is at times confusing since she and Sten bear a strong resemblance to each other a fact not played up in the movie and so it serves no purpose but to distract the audience.

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