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That Certain Woman (1937)

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Mary Donnell, a young legal secretary with a past, elopes with a client's son, but his father has the marriage annulled without knowing she's pregnant.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mary Donnell
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Jack Merrick
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Flip
Ian Hunter ...
Lloyd Rogers
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Merrick Sr.
Hugh O'Connell ...
Virgil Whitaker
Katharine Alexander ...
Mrs. Rogers (as Katherine Alexander)
Mary Philips ...
Amy (as Mary Phillips)
Minor Watson ...
Tilden
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Detective Neely
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. James
Norman Willis ...
Fred
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Dr. Hartman
Tim Henning ...
Kenyon
Dwane Day ...
Jackie
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Mary Donnell was married at sixteen to a gangster and soon widowed. She works for unhappily married lawyer Lloyd Rogers. A client's son Jack elopes with her, but his father tracks them down and has the marriage annulled. Mary has a son. Unaware of this, the father remarries; his new wife is crippled in an auto accident. The lawyer, now dying, tells Mary he has left her money for her and her son, Roger's widow suspects her husband may have been the father, while Mary is convinced instead that it was her annulled ex-husband, Jack. Jack's ruthless father , upon learning he may be grandparent of the child, threatens legal action to gain custody, but his son wants no part in separating little Jackie from his mother. Further, he reasserts his love for Mary and promises he will ask his now handicapped wife, Flip, for a divorce so that Jackie will have a real family. He instructs Mary to pack her belongings and get Jackie ready to leave so that the three can start a new life ... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Love Broke Her Heart !

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18 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Cinzas do Passado  »

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Mary Donnell: You know, I believe I'm like one of those unfortunate gals you only read about in those dime novels... she only loved once.
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'Cause My Baby Says It's So
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Waste of time weeper.
13 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In spite of it's impressive leads and the usually sure handed direction of Edmund Goulding That Certain Kind of Women is a lumbering, mawkish an implausible melodrama. Disjointed at times you get the feeling a reels missing.

Where do we begin. Ex-moll Mary Donnell is trying to go straight as an executive secretary for Lloyd Rogers who though married has a thing for Mary. Mary though falls for Jack Merrrick Jr. (Henry Fonda) much to the chagrin of Jack Sr. (Donald Crisp) who gets sonny's marriage annulled by playing hardball with her past. The two part he remarries and she has his kid. Years pass, Rogers dies and leaves her a ton of cash. Junior comes back finds out and vows to leave his crippled wife who pays a visit to Mary before they run off. Enough already.

Your drowning in suds in no time in this 30s chick flic that never finds a way to amp up the passion with characters that are tender sensitive and dull beyond belief. Davis stands around looking cow eyed most of the way while Fonda wimps about and Crisp remains stone like. Tina Louise rolls in on a wheelchair in the last act as wife "Flipp" and wrestles with Davis in another cloying moment of tear jerk to see who will make the greater sacrifice. No contest, the audience has.


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