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I Take This Woman (1931)

A wealthy New York socialite falls for and marries a cowboy while out West. Her father disinherits her, and after trying to make a go of it as a cowboy's wife, they agree to divorce and she... See full summary »


Marion Gering


Vincent Lawrence (adaptation), Mary Roberts Rinehart (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Tom McNair
Carole Lombard ... Kay Dowling
Helen Ware ... Aunt Bessie
Lester Vail ... Herbert Forrest
Charles Trowbridge ... Mr. Dowling
Clara Blandick ... Sue Barnes
Gerald Fielding Gerald Fielding ... Bill Wentworth
Al Hart ... Jake Mallory
Guy Oliver ... Sid
Syd Saylor ... Shorty
Mildred Van Dorn Mildred Van Dorn ... Clara Hammell
Leslie Palmer Leslie Palmer ... Phillips
Ara Haswell Ara Haswell ... Nora
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Station Agent
David Landau ... Circus Boss


A wealthy New York socialite falls for and marries a cowboy while out West. Her father disinherits her, and after trying to make a go of it as a cowboy's wife, they agree to divorce and she returns back east to her family. However, she soon changes her mind and determines to get her husband back. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"Marriage to you doesn't mean what it does to me?" (Print Ad- Southeast Missourian,((Cape Girardeau, Mo.)) 5 September 1931)


Drama | Romance







Release Date:

27 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que Deus Me Deu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


After its release, the original nitrate negative and fine grain prints were given to Mary Roberts Rinehart. She had a 16mm safety print made from the 35mm negative so she could see the film and then junked the negative. Over the years, it was believed that only her 16mm print had survived, but in fact the studio's 35mm print was safely stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which used it to preserve the film in 2016. See more »


Kay Dowling: Spank me good, Daddy. I need it!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »

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Can a spoiled brat make a good wife?
7 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Kay Dowling (Carole Lombard) is a very spoiled brat. Because her family is rich, she doesn't take life very seriously and occasionally gets herself into trouble...and knows they'll bail her out of whatever predicament she gets herself into from time to time. While her father talks tough and convinces her to go out west to find herself, he and the rest of them are enablers and as a result Kay is a very weak person.

Out west, she inexplicably falls for a poor ranch hand, Tom (Gary Cooper). Very impulsively (how else would Kay do ANYTHING??), she marries him and they are dirt poor, living in a cabin on a desolate ranch. Not surprisingly, she soon tires of it and goes running back to her parents. What's next?

In many ways, this is less a traditional film and more a morality tale. But it fortunately does not come off as heavy-handed and is well acted. Not a great film but a good one worth seeing.

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