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Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)

 -  Comedy  -  3 March 1939 (USA)
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Woman hopes to be a great singer and is encouraged by her scheming teacher. After she flops her husband, encouraged by an amorous professional singer tries opera and also flops.

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Binnie Barnes ...
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George Barbier ...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
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Helen Westley ...
Ruth Terry ...
Carol (secretary)
Alice Armand ...
Sally Bostwick
Iva Stewart ...
Miss Carver's Secretary
Dorothy Dearing ...
Mrs. Price
Helen Ericson ...
Mrs. Spalding
Kay Griffith ...
Nancy Sprague
Harry Rosenthal ...
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Storyline

Leonard Borland's contracting business is doing badly, while his monied wife wants to pursue an operatic career. He lets her get on with it until she seems to be a success, when he finds he himself has a singing voice good enough to go on tour with. Brings some money in, and his new singing partner fancies him too. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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3 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A jó házasság titka  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James M. Cain, whose story "Two Can Sing" was the basis for this film, had himself trained as an operatic baritone. Opera figures prominently in several of his other stories, including "Serenade" and "Mildred Pierce" (though the opera parts of the plot of "Mildred Pierce" were dropped in the film version). See more »

Quotes

Leonard Borland aka Logan Bennett: You're just an old... Foof! Sorry, ladies.
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Version of Everybody Does It (1949) See more »

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Arlesiana
Music by Samuel Pokrass
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
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If you can stand the music, this is a very cute movie
8 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught about 3/4 of this movie last night on Turner Classics and I wish I had seen it from the beginning. I was so taken with Warner Baxter's performance - he is so cute when he performs on stage the first time, scratching and looking uncomfortable. Later when he reluctantly stars with Miss Barnes in an opera, dressed in this Renaissance type outfit complete with fake beard, he is just a delight to watch. I actually laughed out loud. The dialog is crisp and funny, Loretta Young is very appealing and the supporting actors are real characters. I would buy this movie and skip the music, except for the last song they do on the train.


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