The Bride Wore Boots
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Directed byIrving Pichel
Written byHarry Segall
Dwight Michael Wiley
Produced bySeton Miller
StarringBarbara Stanwyck
Robert Cummings
Diana Lynn
CinematographyStuart Thompson
Edited byEllsworth Hoagland
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 8, 1946 (1946-05-08)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Bride Wore Boots is a 1946 American romantic comedy film with Barbara Stanwyck in the title role, playing opposite Robert Cummings. A very young Natalie Wood is seen in the film, directed by Irving Pichel.[1]

This was Stanwyck's last feature comedy. Some years later, she complained to columnist Hedda Hopper, "I've always got my eye out for a good comedy. Remember Ball of Fire and The Lady Eve? But they don't seem to write that kind of comedy anymore -- just a series of gags."[2]


Sally Warren runs a horse farm, but her husband Jeff has a dislike and fear of horses. He is a Civil War historian and lecturer, which bores Sally but is very popular with local ladies who call themselves the Mason-Dixon Dames.

As a Christmas gift, Jeff tries to please his wife by buying her a horse called Albert, but her horse trainer Lance Gale, an old beau, insults Jeff about the kind of horse he picked. Sally in turn buys Jeff a desk that belonged to Jefferson Davis, but the Dames claim it's a fake and one of them, Mary Lou Medford, makes a pass at Jeff.

The next time Sally catches the same woman kissing Jeff, she sues him for divorce. Jeff ends up hiring Mary Lou as his secretary. To spite his wife, Jeff also enters Albert in the big Virginia Cup steeplechase race that Sally's always longed to win.

Albert's jockey is thrown, so Jeff reluctantly leaps into the saddle. He is thrown off repeatedly while trying in vain to catch Lance's horse in the race. But his effort impresses Sally, who reconciles with Jeff at the finish.



In May 1945 Paramount announced they would make the film with Stanwyck, Cummings and Knowles. [3]

In June 1945 Cummings announced he would follow this film with Dishonorable Discharge from a story by John Farrow for Paramount.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Bride Wore Boots, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 13, Iss. 145, (Jan 1, 1946): 62.
  2. ^ The Two Mrs. Carrolls
  3. ^ NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Cummings and Stanwyck a New Paramount TeamT New York Times (28 May 1945: 22.
  4. ^ SCREEN NEWS: Teresa Wright Will Star in 'Bishop's Wife' Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. 1 June 1945: 20.