The Richest Girl in the World (1934). Romantic/comedy. Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea. Norman Krasna was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story. It was remade in the film, Bride by Mistake(1944) with Laraine Day and Alan Marshal.
The story begins when, Dorothy Hunter, the "richest girl in the world" who nobody has never seen, uses her secretary, Sylvia Lockwood who is married to Phillip, to impersonate her. Dorothy's fiancee Donald, breaks off their engagement, just as she is about to announce it. Before he leaves, Donald tells her that no man will ever love her for herself. Dorothy, decides to have Sylvia pose as her at her engagement party. There, while pretending to be Sylvia, Dorothy meets Tony Travers. Tony, believing Dorothy to be the secretary, invites her on a canoe ride, but ends up taking Sylvia instead. Dorothy and Phillip, are hot on their heals, in a speedboat which causes their canoe to capsize.
Tony, insists that his interest in Sylvia is purely platonic, Dorothy says if he had the opportunity to marry the heiress, he would. Tony accepts the challenge.
After two weeks, Dorothy's guardian John Connors, believes that her "love tests" are unfair and suggest to Tony to propose to Sylvia, during a mountain retreat.
Tony, not knowing that Dorothy has arranged for them to spend the first evening alone in front of a cosy fireplace.. Where, Tony confesses his love to her. Dorothy, refuses to accept Tony's love, until she is convinced that she is his first choice.
Can he pass the test? Or Will he prefer Wray, because she's the rich one, or will he go for Hopkins, pretending to be the secretary.
This is a charming, some times racy little film. Miriam Hopkins, is very good as Miss Dorothy Hunter. Miriam Hopkins, works very well for the first of five times with Joel McCrea, who is very believable as a average guy.
In 1926, She was under contract to Universal Studios, mostly co-starring in low budget westerns opposite, Buck Jones.
Wray signed up with Paramount to make the transition from silent films to "talkie" films.
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After leaving Paramount, Wray signed to various film companies. It was during this time that Wray was cast in horror films, Doctor X and the film, The Most Dangerous Game (1932), co-starring Joel McCrea.
In the film, King Kong, according to Wray, Jean Harlow had been RKO's original choice, but because MGM put Harlow under exclusive contract during the pre-production phase of the film, she became unavailable and Wray was approached by director Merian C. Cooper, to play the role of Ann Darrow.
She retired from acting in 1942, after her second marriage. because of financial problems she had to continue acting in minor film roles and on television, before ending her acting career in the made-for TV movie, Gideon's Trumpet (1980).
She was a special guest at the 70th Academy Awards, where the shows host, Billy Crystal, introduced her as the "Beauty who charmed the Beast".