In Name Only

Alec's wife Maida is a beauty, but also a venomous, self-absorbed schemer. Then Alec falls for an open-hearted widow named Julie. Maida turns wedding vows into a steel trap: If Alec files for divorce; she'll drag Julie into court as a homewrecker.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: August 5, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 681
Rating: B- -- ... a well-made refined tearjerker melodrama that would have profited more as a screwball comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 22, 2006
In Name Only is a turgid melodrama, but rises above itself with Lombard and Grant's lead acting. Full Review
Cinema Siren
Jul 24, 2019
A very good film, characteristic of a whole era. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Jun 27, 2019

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Alec Walker's wife Maida is a beauty, but she's also a venomous, self-absorbed schemer. Then Alec falls for an open-hearted widow named Julie. And Maida turns wedding vows into a steel trap: If Alec files for divorce, she'll drag Julie into court as a homewrecker -- and use Julie's little daughter as a witness.

In one of their rare screen pairings, movie greats Cary Grant and Carole Lombard portray Alec and Julie in a tender, emotion-laden tale that ranks among the era's great romantic melodramas. While vindictive Maida (Kay Francis) treats love like war, Alec and Julie treat love like love, displaying the warmth and deep devotion of a couple meant for each other -- but who may be kept forever apart.

Product Description:

Wealthy, caring gentleman Alec Walker (Cary Grant) falls for artist Julie Eden (Carole Lombard), an attractive, compassionate young widow. There's only one problem--Walker is already married. His wife, Maida (Kay Francis), is a cold and calculating social climber who only married Alec for his money and social position. Julie, unwilling to be the other woman, returns to New York, forcing Alec to beg for a divorce. Maida agrees but her real plans include emotional sabotage and maintaining her claim to the Walker fortune. Based on the novel MEMORY OF LOVE by Bessie Breuer, this romantic drama is skillfully directed by John Cromwell (THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, OF HUMAN BONDAGE). The famously flippant, fast-quipping Grant is excellent in one of his few decidedly melodramatic roles. Similarly, Lombard's affecting turn expanded upon her reputation as a fine comedic actress. The showstopping performance, however, belongs to Francis as the obsessive and greedy villain.

Plot Synopsis:

A man finds himself in a love triangle with his nasty, social-climbing wife and the nice girl he loves.


Production Notes:

  • The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."
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