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Calling All Husbands (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 September 1940 (USA)
Homer Trippe is very henpecked by his wife, and Mrs. Trippe also dominates the life of her daughter, dismissing her boyfriend Dan as merely a delivery clerk. Mrs. Trippe constantly moans ... See full summary »

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(as Noel Smith)

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(screenplay), (play)
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Homer Trippe
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Dan Williams
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Emmie Trippe
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Hadley Weaver
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Mabel Parker
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Sheriff Ben Barnes
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Judge Todd
Sam McDaniel ...
Nappy
Elliott Sullivan ...
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Homer Trippe is very henpecked by his wife, and Mrs. Trippe also dominates the life of her daughter, dismissing her boyfriend Dan as merely a delivery clerk. Mrs. Trippe constantly moans about her poor choice of Homer over one-time suitor Oscar Armstrong. Homer is happy, poetic, and kind, but afraid to stand up to Mrs. Trippe's opposition to Dan and Betty's romance. Dan gives Betty an ultimatum: marry him or lose him. Meanwhile, Homer feeds a tramp, who turns out to be the oft-invoked Oscar Armstrong. But Oscar has an even bigger surprise in store for the Trippes. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 5 November 1929 and had 178 performances. In the cast were Donald Meek and Bette Davis. See more »

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Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story (1982) See more »

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In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Sung a cappella by Ernest Truex
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Entertaining Trifle!
11 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very pleasant way to spend just a little over an hour! Ernest Truex is excellent as the henpecked husband, the "hen" in question being the one and only Florence Bates. George Reeves is properly breezy and pleasant, and there are more great character players to enjoy including outstanding roles for a sour old Charles Halton, a slightly goofy John Alexander, an easily distracted Spencer Charters and good old Clem Bevans as a very irritating deaf judge. But the real star of the show is the often underrated Truex, a gifted actor of both comic and dramatic abilities. I especially enjoyed his little soliloquy as he goes through the paces of convincing himself it's OK to have a drink of hard cider!


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