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This Is My Affair (TCF 1937, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck)



This crime drama with an intriguing historical twist is based on a story by producer Zanuck. Turn-of-the-century naval officer Robert Taylor gets decommissioned so he can go undercover and expose a ring of bank robbers whose methods are so successful they endanger the monetary system. He infiltrates the gang by sweet-talking saloon singer Barbara Stanwyck and they complicate the mission by falling in love.

The only person to know of Taylor’s assignment is President McKinley (Frank Conroy). Just as the police move in on the gang and round up Taylor with them, McKinley is assassinated. Desperate Stanwyck must bring Taylor’s case straight to Teddy Roosevelt (Blackmer) before it’s too late.

This Is My Affair was the second teaming for stars Stanwyck and Taylor. The couple wed in 1939; the marriage ended in divorce in 1952.

production details
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 100 minutes / 1937

Director: William A. Seiter
Producers: Kenneth MacGowan, Darryl F. Zanuck
Cinematography: Robert H. Planck
Editor: Allen McNeil
Music: Mack Gordon, Harry Revel
Script: Allen Rivkin, Lamar Trotti
Production Design: Rudolph Sternad

Barbara Stanwyck as Lil Duryea
Robert Taylor as Lt. Richard L. Perry
Douglas Fowley as Alec
Lynn Bari as Party Guest with Keller (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale as Judge
John Carradine as Ed
Sidney Blackmer as President Theodore Roosevelt
Robert McWade as Admiral Dewey
Helen Brown as Girl
Douglas Wood as Henry Maxwell
Sig Ruman as Gus
Jack Chefe as Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Conroy as President William McKinley
Alan Dinehart as Doc Keller
Maurice Cass as Jeweler
Paul Hurst as Bowler
Victor McLaglen as Jock Ramsay
Brian Donlevy as Batiste Duryea
Marjorie Weaver as Miss Blackburn
J.C. Nugent as Ernie
Tyler Brooke as Specialty
Willard Robertson as George Andrews
John Hamilton as Warden
Joseph Crehan as Priest
Mary Young as Dowager
Paul McVey as Roosevelt’s Secretary
Jayne Regan as Girl with Roosevelt
Ruth Gillette as Blonde
James Donlan as Reporter
Davison Clark as Tim
Fred Santley as Boy
DeWitt Jennings as Bradley Wallace
Margaret Brayton as Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks as Reception Guest (uncredited)
Fred Cady as Vaudeville Team (uncredited)
Lon Chaney Jr. as Federal Agent in Baltimore Bank (uncredited)
Gino Corrado as Waiter at Reception (uncredited)