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By Your Leave (1934)

 -  Comedy  -  9 November 1934 (USA)
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In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a ... See full summary »

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David McKenzie
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Andree (as Marion Nixon)
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Freddie Wilkins
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In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a show girl and a paid escort, while she reacquaints herself with a childhood friend, now a famous explorer. Both get more than they bargained for. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 24 January 1934 and closed in February 1934 after 37 performances. The opening night cast included Howard Lindsay as Henry Smith and Dorothy Gish as Ellen Smith. See more »

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Glenn Anders' onscreen credits lists his character name as Freddie Wilkins, but he's called Freddie Clark throughout the movie. See more »

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Henry Smith: [tasting a stiff drink] Seems to be a little kick to this horse.
Whiffen: You must've drunk the hind legs first.
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Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(ca 1870) (uncredited)
(Cornell University's alma mater)
Music (from the song "Annie Lisle") by H.S. Thompson (1857)
Lyrics by Archibald Croswell-Weeks and Wilmot Moses Smith (ca 1870)
Sung a cappella by Gene Lockhart
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I love the way your generation waltzes
22 November 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Mid-life crisis movie about a guy (Frank Morgan) who proposes the idea to his wife (Genevieve Tobin) that they take separate "no questions asked" vacations. Subject matter could have lent itself to one of those melodramatic weepers from the period but it all stays fairly light. The plot is contrived and not ever as interesting as it sounds on paper. Morgan's stammering performance wears thin pretty fast. Genevieve Tobin plays the wife and looks quite a bit younger than Morgan. They were nine years apart in real life. She was a lovely actress whose face reminds me a little of Joan Blondell. Neil Hamilton (always Commissioner Gordon to me) plays the guy Tobin becomes interested in. Worth a gander for a very young and very adorable Betty Grable. She's almost unrecognizable and had I not been tipped off by another review pointing her out, I doubt I would have realized it was her.


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