Furs in Film – They All Kissed The Bride

Another film in the costumed-like-it’s-1939 category, we have 1942’s They All Kissed the Bride, with a 37 year old Joan Crawford. If your mental image of Miss Crawford snaps to the 50’s and beyond, that’s unfortunate, as vintage 30’s and early 40’s Crawford is a truly spectacular beauty. Sadly most b-roll of Crawford always defaults to this “aged” period as, unfairly, it’s become her most “iconic.” This film is also notable as the female lead was to have been played by Carole Lombard, who died in a plane crash before filming started, leading to Crawford taking the role.

They All Kissed the Bride – The Film

Margaret J. Drew (Crawford) is the tough-as-nails head of both family and business, the latter being a trucking corporation. She learns she and her business are being targeted by a muckraking journalist, Michael Holmes (Melvyn Douglas) and is none too pleased. At her sister’s wedding, she meets and is smitten by a “mysterious stranger” who turns out to be… the Pope! No… of course it’s Mike Holmes, the muckraking journalist. To say they eventually fall in love and live happily ever after shouldn’t require a spoiler alert.

They All Kissed the Bride – The Furs

This film mostly falls into the 1 epic fur category, though it has at least one other of note. The one epic fur in question is the full length silver fox fur coat Margaret Drew wears as she goes to visit Mike Holmes at his humble abode. The second is a more 40’s contemporary silver fox shawl/wrap seen later in the film, also after going to visit Mike’s place. Mike’s a lucky guy.

And here it is, Joan Crawford in a big, full, full length silver fox coat, accented with a dark hat with what appears to be a veil that’s never actually used, unfortunately.

Oddly, Joan’s the nervous one here. Not sure how that’s possible in a power fox like that, but it defiantly speaks her range as an actress to pull it off.

She finally makes it up to his apartment, and again balks at the door, but looks great doing so.

Margaret finally works up the courage to have a brief chat.

She returns to the office wearing what may be the same large fox coat, though I do note the difference in the brightness of the highlights, which means it may be yet a different large fox coat, perhaps crystal. Or it could be the lighting…

Later, Margaret returns, this time in a large silver fox wrap and an even taller feathered hat.

She ends up in the pouring rain with the wrap, leading to its use an impromptu umbrella.

Though rain generally isn’t all that detrimental to a long haired fur as long as the leather doesn’t get too wet (and that’s what the fur is for), she does find a convenient awning keep the rain off.

Crawford had a great streak of films in the late 30’s for fur, with The Bride Wore Red, Mannequin, and Ice Follies of 1939, all which I hope to profile, if TCM would just show them again so I can get more up-to-date screen caps. The full length fox in They All Kissed the Bride is a great example of a 30’s fur showing up in the early 40’s, much like the furs in Lady of Burlesque and Lady Be Good.

They All Kissed the Bride Image Gallery

3 Responses to “Furs in Film – They All Kissed The Bride”

  1. Exceptional find and such a lovely fox coat. I must try and find a copy of this film, one of Ms Crawford’s that I’d not heard of before.

  2. I have this film on video tape and last watched it about a year ago. The coat appears in two scenes, one in the middle and one near the end of the film; the scenes are of a reasonable length. The coat is gorgeous and the film is well worth watching.

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