Wedding Present (1936): Richard Wallace’s Screwball Comedy, Starring Joan Bennett and Cary Grant (Second Billing, before he became Star)

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Richard Wallace directed Wedding Present, a romantic screwball comedy, starring Joan Bennett and Cary Grant.

Wedding Present
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The screenplay was written by Joseph Anthony, based on a story by Paul Gallico.

Charlie Mason and ‘Rusty’ Fleming are reporters for a Chicago tabloid who are romantically involved. But Charlie’s mischievous shenanigans cause Rusty to move to New York.

Charlie resigns his job and, along with gangster friend ‘Smiles’ Benson, he pursues Rusty to win her back before she marries a stuffy society author.

Joan Bennett as Monica ‘Rusty’ Fleming
Cary Grant as Charlie
George Bancroft as Stagg
Conrad Nagel as Dodacker
Gene Lockhart as Archduke Gustav Ernest
William Demarest as ‘Smiles’ Benson
Inez Courtney as Mary Lawson
Edward Brophy as Squinty
George Meeker as Gordon Blaker
Lois Wilson as Laura Dodacker
Mary Forbes as Mrs. Dodacker


Directed by Richard Wallace
Ray Lissner (assistant)
Written by Joseph Anthony; Paul Gallico (story)
Produced by B.P. Schulberg
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Robert Bischoff
Music by Gerard Carbonara (uncredited); John Leipold (uncredited); Marlin Skiles (uncredited)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Release date: October 9, 1936

Running time: 81 minutes