Double Wedding, based on a play by Ferenc Molnar, and directed by Richard Thorpe, is an MGM romantic comedy and the seventh film to feature the star couple of Myrna Loy and William Powell.
Another on the long list of films earmarked as a starring vehicle for Luise Rainer, Double Wedding centres on two sisters and their differing temperaments and romantic situations. In his column for the Los Angeles Times, dated 4 June 1936, Edwin Schallert writes:
“While the career of Luise Rainer in Hollywood has so far matured rather slowly because she has been seen only in “Escapade” and “The Great Ziegfeld,” with a considerable lapse of time between, there are signs of speed now. She is, of course, engaged in another story of epic proportions, namely “The Good Earth,” but thereafter it is very likely that starring films will be the rule for the little continental actress.
One of the first of these, well selected, is “Great Love,” written by Ferenc Molnar. The character is Margit, and the subject, a stage play, concerns two sisters. So there will a chance for another feminine star.”
As it happened, Great Love became Double Wedding, and Margit became Myrna Loy, with the forgotten star Florence Rice as her sister Irene. In her 1987 autobiography Being and Becoming, Myrna Loy recalls a miserable time making the film, especially as her friend and sometime co-star Jean Harlow died suddenly during the shoot, and her other pal and co-star William Powell was ill, adding to the delays. She writes, “I hated that picture, although I may never have seen it.”