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The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 July 1940 (Mexico)
A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

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Dr. Timothy Sterling
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John Pierce
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Marilyn Thomas
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Dr. Lionel Sterling
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Slapcovitch
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O'Brien
Georges Metaxa ...
Jean Rovere
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Dr. Streeter
Joseph Eggenton ...
Dr. Nielson
Paul McAllister ...
Dean Lawton
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Johnson
Hal K. Dawson ...
Charlie
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Burkhardt
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Ralph Gilliam
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June Cameron has written a best seller about spinsters: women are men's equals and don't need them for fulfillment. Through a series of errors and misunderstandings, the press believes she's married Tim Sterling, a university instructor she's just met. Her publisher wants to let the mistake go uncorrected for a few weeks so she can write a best seller about being married; Tim cooperates because, in hidebound academia, being married may help with a promotion. The flies in the ointment are June and Tim's instant enmity, Tim's stubbornness, and his girlfriend Marilyn, who may not let the charade play out. There's no way everyone can get what they want. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A laugh cure in generous doses! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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18 July 1940 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor se casa  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Edgar Buchanan (Doorman), Walter Sande (Charlie's Photographer), Frank Darien (Greenwich Editor), William Austin (Hotel Manager), Nell Roy (Telegraph Operator) and Mary Gordon (Scrub Woman). See more »

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The "Himmelweiss" portrait--straight when Tim first hangs it over the dresser--is suddenly askew in the following shot, and again straight in the shot after that. See more »

Quotes

June Cameron: You know, you and that little bundle of boredom are going to make a charming couple. And when people don't ask you out, don't blame it all on her.
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Credits are written in chalk on the sidewalk as pedestrians walk over them. See more »

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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Sung by an unidentifed singing telegram boy trio with modified lyrics
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Underrated Gem
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Doctor Takes a Wife, The (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Minor but entertaining screwball-comedy about a feminist writer (Loretta Young) and a doctor (Ray Milland) who meet while on vacation but hate each other from the start. After a mix up the media makes a mistake an announces that they were married so the two must pretend to be so that they can keep their careers. There's nothing overly special about this film but it does contain enough laughs to make it entertaining. It was nice seeing Young play a feminist as she's constantly shouting and holding her head up high while at the same time playing the sweet and loving wife as a joke. Her sweetness mixes perfectly well with Milland's dry humor and he really shines with his comic timing. The only really weak segment of the film comes when Milland is rushing between two apartments while trying to keep his girlfriend from finding out Young is in the other apartment. Reginald Gardiner and Gail Patrick add nice support as the editor and Milland's other girl. Edward Van Sloan has a small, thankless role as well.


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