The Purchase Price
The Purchase Price is a 1932 pre-Code American romantic drama film, which was directed by William Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and Lyle Talbot. Adapted from the novel by Arthur Stringer, with a screenplay by Robert Lord, the film is about an attractive nightclub singer who leaves her criminal boyfriend and travels to Canada and becomes the mail-order bride of a humble farmer.
Joan Gordon, a New York torch singer who has been performing since age 15, has left her wealthy criminal boyfriend, Eddie Fields, for upstanding citizen Don Leslie. However, Don's father has found out about her relationship with Eddie; she and Don break off their engagement, and she decides to leave town rather than return to Eddie. In Montreal, she changes her name and resumes performing; not long thereafter, one of Eddie's men recognizes her and informs his boss. Unwilling to return to him, she trades places with her hotel's maid, Emily, who had used Joan's picture when corresponding with a North Dakota farmer in search of a mail-order bride. Offering the maid $100 (about 7 weeks' wages) for the farmer's address, Joan sets out to become the wife of Jim Gilson, with only a vague idea of all the hardships of farm life during the height of the Great Depression.
|director||William A. Wellman|
|keywords||farm life great depression injured mail-order bride montreal morning new york one night return home torch singer torch song|
|musicBy||Leo F. Forbstein|