Borrowed Wives

Borrowed Wives is a 1930 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Frank R. Strayer. It starred silent performers Vera Reynolds, Rex Lease, and Sam Hardy. It was distributed by Tiffany Pictures.[1]

Borrowed Wives
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Directed byFrank R. Strayer
Written byScott Darling
StarringRex Lease
Vera Reynolds
Nita Martan
Paul Hurst
Sam Hardy
CinematographyAndré Barlatier
Edited byByron Robinson
Release date
  • August 20, 1930 (1930-08-20)
CountryUnited States


Peter Foley (Rex Lease) is a beneficiary of his grandfather, who leaves him $800,000 in his will, on the condition that he gets married. Peter is very interested in getting the money, especially since he has debts, and plans to marry Alice Blake (Vera Reynolds) as soon as she arrives from Kansas City. He plans to take her to his Uncle Henry's (Charles Sellon) home before midnight to actually get the inheritance. The uncle needs to see the girl whom Peter is about to marry before he will turn over the money.

Alice's airplane is delayed, though. Parker (Sam Hardy), Peter's creditor, insists that his own girl friend, Julia (Nita Martan), pose as Peter's wife in the meantime. Alice is informed by Joe Blair (Robert Livingston), a man who is secretly interested in marrying Alice himself, that Peter is actually married to Julia. Alice agrees to marry Joe if this is true. Peter and Julia are pursued by Bull (Paul Hurst), a motorcycle policeman who loves Julia. Further complications arise at Uncle Henry's, when lawyer Winstead (Harry Todd), who is found bound and gagged, agrees to marry them. The uncle, revealed to be posing as a paralytic, is exposed as a villain, but Peter and Alice are ultimately married before the last hour appointed in the will.


Preservation status

Borrowed Wives is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[2]


  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993: Borrowed Wives
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 20, c.1978 by The American Film Institute
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