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Week-End Marriage (1932)

TV-G | | Comedy | 18 June 1932 (USA)
An out-of-work husband (Norman Foster) resents his wife (Loretta Young) being the breadwinner in the family.

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Lola Davis Hayes
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Ken Hayes
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Agnes Davis
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Peter Acton
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Jim Davis
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An out-of-work husband (Norman Foster) resents his wife (Loretta Young) being the breadwinner in the family.

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Weekend Lives  »

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A surviving film in the Library of Congress. See more »

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Lola calls to tell Ken she won't be home for dinner. He leaves the apartment, throwing his apron out in the hallway. When Lola comes home, she finds the apron on the living room floor, and the light in the kitchen turned off, but Ken apparently didn't come home again before she did, and couldn't have done either. See more »

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Doctor: Haven't you brought enough unhappiness to your husband without jeopardizing his life?
Lola Davis: I...?!?
Doctor: Let me give you a little advice. One way or another, a man will find a woman to look out for him not only when he's sick but when he's well. That's something you so-called "modern girls" never seem to count on. You talk about freedom, because you think it's something men have and cherish. But they don't. They hate it. They get along best when they're *not* free. It's human nature, that's all. They need...
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References Blessed Event (1932) See more »

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Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Carmen Lombardo
Played as dance music prior to Lola and Peter's arrival at the surprise party
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Excellent cast in infuriating story

Yes, it's very well done, by some superb actors, but the premise that women exist primarily to serve their men, first, is infuriating and, second, was out of date for rational people even in 1932.

One of the most infuriating speeches I have ever heard was spoken by the doctor, and is quoted at length on the main page here at IMDb.

Far too many people, yes, even today, take Ephesians 5 to an extreme and interpret it to mean "women, lie down and be a doormat."

A Greek scholar I once worked for said the King James phrasing, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands ..." is not a very accurate translation, that the word translated as "submit" does not convey the original Greek. He said a better understanding is not that women are supposed to be subordinate, but that women -- and men -- get united into a couple.

So, not to give away the ending, I walked away from the TCM presentation directly to the computer to review this angrily.

Yes, I admired the production and the acting and everything else except the terrible message. And, yes, I hope everyone who likes classic movies will watch because it is, truly, a classic movie, illustrating its time and showcasing some remarkably talented people, including the beautiful Loretta Young.

We all need to remember the context, that "Week-End Marriage" was made in 1932, and to think about what people said and did and believed then, and make sure we don't make the same mistakes today, 2015.


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