Here Comes the Bride (1919)

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John Barrymore made this farce while starring on Broadway in the heavily dramatic Redemption. Here Comes the Bride itself was originally a stage play. Barrymore is Frederick Tile, a lawyer who hasn't quite gotten his practice off the ground. He and Ethel Sinclair (Faire Binney) are very much in love, but Ethel's wealthy father (Frank Losee) turns him away. Meanwhile, a South American woman is guaranteed a legacy if she marries one Frederick Tile -- not our hero, but a man with the same name. The Tile she needs, however, is in jail, so she has her attorney track down any other Frederick Tile to use as a temporary replacement. He finds the struggling lawyer, who agrees to the deal. But just when this has been worked out, Ethel takes all her savings and leaves home with the intention of marrying her Frederick. Much chaos ensues before everything gets straightened out. As with most of John Barrymore's work, this film was very well received. While it has been said that comedy and tragedy are very close together, Barrymore was one of the few actors who could pull off starring roles in a comic film and a tragic play at the same time.



forbidden-love, inheritance, lawyer, love, mistaken-identity, romance