They All Kissed the Bride

They All Kissed the Bride is a 1942 American screwball comedy film directed by Alexander Hall and starring Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas.

They All Kissed the Bride
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byEdward Kaufman
Written byAndrew Solt
(as Andrews P. Solt)
Henry Altimus)
Screenplay byP. J. Wolfson
Story byGina Kaus
Andrew Solt
(as Andrew P. Solt)
StarringJoan Crawford
Melvyn Douglas
Music byWerner R. Heymann
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byViola Lawrence
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 11, 1942 (1942-06-11)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[1]

The plot follows a trucking firm executive who falls in love.

Crawford took over the title role after Carole Lombard died in a plane crash in early 1942. Crawford donated all of her pay for this film to the American Red Cross.[2]


Margaret Drew (Crawford) runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes (Douglas) who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time for men, the effect an attractive stranger has on her at her sister's wedding is unnerving. When it turns out this is the hated writer, she starts seriously to lose her bearings.



They All Kissed the Bride was originally slated to star Carole Lombard in a follow-up film to the successful To Be or Not to Be. However, she died in a 1942 plane crash after departing Las Vegas on her way back from a bond-selling tour in. Louis B. Mayer at MGM agreed to let Crawford place on loan to Columbia, where producer Edward Kaufman had to rework the script to fit Crawford's style of comedy. In fact, Mayer rarely lent out stars of Crawford's stature, not wanting other studios to profit from MGM's star-making machine. Crawford insisted that Melvyn Douglas (with whom she had appeared in the 1938 flop The Shining Hour) star opposite her.[2]

Home video

As of 2018, They All Kissed the Bride and Letty Lynton are the only two Joan Crawford major sound motion pictures that have never officially been released onto DVD in the US. Although They All Kissed the Bride was released onto VHS more than 20 years prior as a Columbia Classics title.[3]


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