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The Bride Comes Home

The Bride Comes Home(1936)

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Bored with Chicago high society, Jeanette Desmereau is anxious to go to work when her father Alfred tells her that as a result of the Depression, they are broke. At the same time, Jeanette's lifelong friend, Jack Bristow, inherits three million dollars and starts a magazine called The Man with his bodyguard, Cyrus Anderson, as editor. Cy, a tough, hot-tempered man, has designed the magazine to cater to the self-made man and greatly dislikes those who inherit their wealth. Thus, when Jeanette comes to Jack for work and he makes her Cy's assistant editor, Cy refuses to take her seriously. They quarrel constantly until she finally tells him, against her father's wishes, that she is broke. Cy apologizes, but Jeanette remains angry at him, until one night they discover they are in love. Jack, meanwhile, has moved into Cy's apartment in order to experience life among the working class. He repeatedly proposes to Jeanette, whom he has loved "ever since he could write her name on a fence," but one afternoon she and Cy decide to marry after work. Jeanette goes to Cy's apartment and finds Jack packing. He warns her against Cy's annoying habits and proposes again, but she rejects him. After work, Cy arrives with a judge and finds that Jeanette has cleaned the whole apartment for her "wedding" and has thrown away his important papers. After Jeanette refuses to marry without cleaning up, they quarrel and finally decide not to marry because they always fight. Later, Jeanette, miserable, comes to pick up her bag and finds Jack, as always easy to get along with and still willing to marry her. She accepts and they leave to elope at Crown Point. Cy, meanwhile, visits the Desmereau home, where Alfred explains that his wife was a "fire eater" like Jeanette and confesses they fought constantly for years and loved it. Jeanette then calls while en route to Crown Point to tell her father she is marrying Jack, and Cy and Alfred race on a motorcycle to stop the elopement. Fortunately, the wedding ceremony is delayed because Jeanette quarrels with the justice of the peace. Cy arrives in time to have one last argument with Jeanette before they marry.