June Bride

June Bride

Director: Bretaigne Windust Cast: Bette Davis, Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter

DVD (Full Frame)

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June Bride is based on Feature for June, a play by Eileen Tighe and Graeme Lorimer. Bette Davis plays the businesslike editor of a fashionable woman's magazine, who plans a feature on a "typical" midwestern marriage. She assigns her aide (and former fiance) Robert Montgomery to cover the story, a task he feels is beneath him. Even so, Montgomery keeps his mouth shut as Davis and her assistants Fay Bainter and Mary Wickes descend upon the hapless family of the bride and re-arrange the household so that it will be more "appealing" to the magazine's devoted readers. Unable to stand any more of this, Montgomery devilishly upsets the apple cart: he convinces the younger sister (Betty Lynn) of the bride (Barbara Bates) to elope with the groom (Raymond Roe), for whom the sister carries a torch. Infuriated by Montgomery's intervention, Davis fires him on the spot. She later relents, realizing that the change in marital plans will make an even better story than her original concept. In so doing, Davis finally admits that she's still in love with the cheeky Montgomery. One of the better Bette Davis vehicles of the late 1940s, June Bride is chock full of brisk, bright dialogue and appealing characters. Debbie Reynolds makes her film debut in the teeny-tiny part of a friend of the bride.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
UPC: 0888574281571
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 24,027

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Linda Gilman
Robert Montgomery Carey Jackson
Fay Bainter Paula Winthrop
Betty Lynn Boo Brinker
Tom Tully Mr. Brinker
Barbara Bates Jeanne Brinker
Jerome Cowan Carleton Towne
Mary Wickes Rosemary McNally
James Burke Luke Potter
Raymond Roe Bud Mitchell
Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Brinker
Ray Montgomery Jim Mitchell
George O'Hanlon Scott Davis
Sandra Gould Miss Rubens
Jesse Adams Mrs. Lace
Raymond Bond Minister
Esther Howard Mrs. Mitchell
Alice Kelley Actor
Anne Kimbell Actor
Jack Mower Varga
Debbie Reynolds Boo's Girl Friend
Mary Stuart Plane Hostess
John Vosper Stafford
Lotta Williams Woody
Patricia Northrup Boo's Girlfriend

Technical Credits
Bretaigne Windust Director
Henry Blanke Producer
David Buttolph Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
William McGann Special Effects
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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June Bride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gottamatch More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy charming, romantic comedies, this is right up your alley. Sure, there are plot points that make a pair of 2018 eyes cringe (notably the end which I won't spoil), but overall, it's a lovely film. Bette Davis plays Linda Gilman, a magazine editor. Linda's ex-lover Carey Jackson is played by a delightful Robert Montgomery (father of Bewitched's Elizabeth Montgomery). A typical battle-of-the-sexes story line, popular of the time. Carey returns from a hiatus to his magazine editor boss asking for a job. The only job offered is as a writer for a women's magazine, where his boss is Linda. They leave the big city for Crestville Indiana, with the whole team from the magazine to cover a wedding story, a 19 page feature, "June Bride", making for the perfect backdrop for memories of Linda and Carey's romance. Will independent woman Linda give up her career to become a housewife to Carey? That's basically the plot of the picture. Bette Davis gives a sharp performance and brings the right kind of chutzpah to her performance, opposing the old fashioned ideals of what a woman should be in the 1940s. Robert Montgomery is perfectly cast in the witty comedic part of Carey. Such an unlikely pairing yet works so well! Also notable: Bette is absolutely stunning in this film. If you like adorable romantic comedies, you'll love this! Just be prepared for some backwards 1940s ideals. If you're wanting Jezabel or Whatever Happened to Baby Jane or Dark Victory, this is not it. This is a sweet romantic comedy, pure and simple. I found it utterly charming and have watched it several times over and thoroughly enjoyed it. I only wish they had more scenes together. Notably, the sleigh ride scene is played so touchingly by Davis and Montgomery and gives all of the 'feels' we love from these old movies. Other notable performances and actors you'll recognise: Tom Tully (I'll Be Seeing You, The Jazz Singer) Barbara Bates (who played the girl at the end of All About Eve as Eve's big fan), Fay Bainter (Jezabel), Jerome Cowan (Miracle on 34th Street, Maltese Falcon), Mary Wickes (Sister Act, White Christmas), Marjorie Bennett (Mary Poppins, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane). Go in with realistic expectations and enjoy the ride with splendid performances!