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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Barbier ...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Helen Westley ...
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 ...


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. This brings some money in, and his new singing partner fancies him too. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

3 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A jó házasság titka  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Leonard Borland aka Logan Bennett: You're just an old... Foof! Sorry, ladies.
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7 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a forgettable movie about a wife who dreams of being an opera singer, though she hasn't got the talent, and her husband, who when he discovers that he does have a great voice starts to dream of a career as a singer as well. The collapse of his career results from a performance of an opera called Arlesiana. I figured it would be Cilea's work, but in fact it is evidently like the Salammbo in Citizen Kane: a work written for the movie. It's sung in Italian, but the music is definitely not Cilea's, and the sets and costumes suggest some Renaissance tale rather than Daudet's simple farmers in late nineteenth-century southern France.

There's really nothing to recommend this movie.

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