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The Runaway Bride (film)

The Runaway Bride
Film poster
Directed by Donald Crisp[1]
James Anderson (uncredited assistant)
Produced by William LeBaron[2]
Written by Jane Murfin[2]
Based on Cooking Her Goose1929 play 
by H. H. Van Loan
Lolita Ann Westman[2]
Starring Mary Astor
Lloyd Hughes[2]
Cinematography Leo Tover[2]
Edited by Archie F. Marshek[2]
Distributed by RKO Productions, Inc.
Release dates
  • May 4, 1930 (1930-05-04) (US)[2]
Running time
69 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $103,000[4]
Box office $204,000[4]

The Runaway Bride is a 1930 American comedy film starring Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes and Paul Hurst. It was directed by Donald Crisp, from a screenplay by Jane Murfin, adapted from the play Cooking Her Goose by H. H. Van Loan and Lolita Ann Westman.[5]

The film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[6]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Notes 3
  • Reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Mary Gray (Mary Astor) and Dick Mercer (David Newell) are racing to Atlantic City, where they intend to elope, since Mary's wealthy parents would never approve of the marriage. In Atlantic City, they arrive at the humble efficiency hotel room Mary has rented. Dick is not impressed, and would prefer they stay in a fancier hotel. An argument ensues, ending with Dick storming out, leaving Mary alone.

While waiting for Dick's return, a jewel thief, Red Dugan (Maurice Black), arrives at the hotel room, with a policeman, Sergeant Daly (Paul Hurst) in hot pursuit. Desperate, Dugan secretes a stolen necklace in Mary's purse, before being shot and killed by Daly, who is himself wounded in the gun battle.

A chambermaid at the hotel, Clara Muldoon (

External links

  1. ^ "The Runaway Bride, Credits". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The Runaway Bride: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Runaway Bride: Technical Details". Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56
  5. ^ The Runaway BrideThe AFI Catalog of Feature Films:
  6. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress p.156 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  7. ^ "The Runaway Bride: Articles". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 


The film made a profit of $15,000.[4]


Although Donald Crisp was a seasoned director, with dozens of silent films under his belt, this would be the first and last talking film he ever directed.[7]


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