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The operators of a bankrupt carnival sideshow hope to restore their fallen fortunes by staging a fake 'public wedding' in the mouth of their unprofitable giant whale. But the intended 'bridegroom' absconds with the proceeds, arranging a substitute...and Flip Lane, much to her surprise, finds herself really married to a handsome stranger, whose career as an artist she decides to manage, much to his dismay. Written by Rod Crawford


In Public Wedding, Wyman plays Flip Lane, one of five young and healthy carnival workers. Broke and jobless, the five "carnies" concoct a publicity stunt to get work: a phony wedding, staged in the mouth of a stuffed whale. Flip is chosen to be the bride, while Tony Burke (William Hopper) is selected as the groom. The fun begins when Flip and Tony, between whom no love is lost, discover that they're really married after all. Without the benefit of foresight, critics in 1937 had no way of knowing that pert little Jane Wyman would one day win an Academy Award, so they lavished their praise on "dumb-blonde" supporting player Marie Wilson (then the wife of Nick Grinde, the film's director). ~ Hal Erickson


Jane Wyman as Florence 'Flip' / 'Flipsie' Lane Burke

William Hopper as Anthony 'Tony' Burke

Dick Purcell as Joe Taylor

Marie Wilson as Tessie Schultz

Berton Churchill as H. Theodore 'Pop' / 'Popsie' Lane III

James Robbins as Nick

Raymond Hatton as The Deacon

Veda Ann Borg as Bernice, Flip's Receptionist

Zeni Vatori as Gus Papadopoulos

Jimmie Fox as Jeremiah Boggs

Curtis Karpe as Pete, the Waiter

Carlyle Moore Jr. as Reporter

Horace McMahon as Reporter

John Harron as Reporter

Jack Mower as Reporter

Lyle Moraine as Reporter

Frank Faylen as Trainman (scenes deleted)

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson as Man Carrying Coat

James P. Burtis as Detective

Glen Cavender as Ticket Buyer for the Wedding

Eddy Chandler as Detective

Lane Chandler as Reporter

Loia Cheaney as Nurse

Sarah Edwards as Mrs. Van Drexel

George Guhl as Sheriff

Frank Hammond as Mr. Harrison, the Banker

Gordon Hart as Mr. Spencer, the Art Dealer

Stuart Holmes as Man Who Avoids Whale

Cy Kendall as Police Captain

Milton Kibbee as Jailer

Frank Mills as Reporter in Police Captain's Office

Nick Moro as Violinist in Gus' Restaurant

Spec O'Donnell as Elevator Operator

George Offerman Jr. as Newspaper Boy

Jack Richardson as Cameraman


Directed by
Nick Grinde

Writing credits
Houston Branch (story)
Roy Chanslor and Houston Branch (screenplay)

Produced by
Bryan Foy - associate producer
Hal B. Wallis - executive producer
Jack L. Warner - executive producer

Original Music by
Howard Jackson
M.K. Jerome
Jack Scholl

Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell

Film Editing by
Frank DeWar (as Frank Dewar)

Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker - assistant director
Drew Eberson - assistant director

Other crew
Reginald R. Hammerstein - dialogue director
John Pearson - treatment contributor


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