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I Take This Woman (1940)

Passed  -  Drama  -  2 February 1940 (USA)
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Georgi has attempted suicide in reaction to an earlier love affair. Now that Dr. Decker has married her he sets out to get her to love him. To make enough to give her what she wants he ... See full summary »

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II) , (uncredited) , 1 more credit »

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(original story), (screen play), 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Georgi Gragore
Verree Teasdale ...
Madame Marcesca
Kent Taylor ...
Phil Mayberry
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Linda Rodgers
Mona Barrie ...
Sandra Mayberry
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Joe
Paul Cavanagh ...
Bill Rodgers
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Dr. Duveen
Frances Drake ...
Lola Estermont
Marjorie Main ...
Gertie
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Sid
Willie Best ...
Sambo
Don Castle ...
Ted Fenton
Dalies Frantz ...
Joe Barnes
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Storyline

Georgi has attempted suicide in reaction to an earlier love affair. Now that Dr. Decker has married her he sets out to get her to love him. To make enough to give her what she wants he becomes physician to the rich, abandoning his clinic services to the poor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

2 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esta mujer es mía  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production of the film started in October 1938 and had a troubled history. Director Josef von Sternberg quit because of artistic differences. Director Frank Borzage took over, but the production was shelved in early January 1939 for more than 10 months, when W.S. Van Dyke took over and practically re-shot the whole film, with many different cast members. One contemporary reviewer quipped the film should have been called "I Re-Take This Woman". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Karl Decker: You know, it's very hard to be useful and unhappy at the same time.
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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by clinic patients at the end
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They ReTook Hedy and Spence
9 November 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hedy Lamarr who may have been kept by more men on screen than any other actress, is again the kept mistress of Kent Taylor, society playboy and general all around rat. On a boat from the Yucatan after Taylor's given her the brush she tries suicide. But Doctor Spencer Tracy saves her from drowning in the Caribbean.

Tracy's quite the all around medical fellow. I guess he never heard the word specialist. He runs a clinic in Manhattan for the poor and his trip was a sideline into medical research. Lamarr and he marry and she tries to introduce him into her world and he even becomes a partner of society doctor Louis Calhern. Of course Kent Taylor reenters the picture and the Hollywood inevitable happens.

Watching I Take This Woman it seemed to me that the writers were very much influenced by Tracy's Oscar winning Boys Town. Unfortunately his role as Doctor Karl Decker ain't a patch on what he did as Father Flanagan. Maybe they were trying to give Father Flanagan a little romance in his life in this film so to speak.

Tracy and Lamarr did not get along too well. In fact this film was dubbed I Retake This Woman because the original director Joseph Von Sternberg walked off the film, presumably because Lamarr was not working out for him the way Marlene Dietrich did. She did Lady of the Tropics and then MGM went back to filming this with their contract director Woody Van Dyke who was known for the speed of his productions. And a whole new supporting cast was brought in.

Fortunately both Spence and Hedy had better roles in store for both of them.


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