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The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  18 July 1940 (Mexico)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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June Cameron
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Dr. Timothy Sterling
Reginald Gardiner ...
John Pierce
Gail Patrick ...
Marilyn Thomas
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Dr. Lionel Sterling
Frank Sully ...
Slapcovitch
Gordon Jones ...
O'Brien
Georges Metaxa ...
Jean Rovere
Charles Halton ...
Dr. Streeter
Joseph Eggenton ...
Dr. Nielson
Paul McAllister ...
Dean Lawton
Chester Clute ...
Johnson
Hal K. Dawson ...
Charlie
Edward Van Sloan ...
Burkhardt
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Storyline

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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Here's just what the doctor ordered... To make you laugh yourself healthy! See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

18 July 1940 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor se casa  »

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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

In the car scenes after Tim and June pull away from the Standish Arms doorman, Tim's left arm is inconsistently atop the driver's door, then inside the car, as they converse. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Timothy Sterling: [Referring to June's whiskey] Well, ten years old.
June Cameron: More than I can say for you!
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Crazy Credits

Credits are written in chalk on the sidewalk as pedestrians walk over them. See more »

Soundtracks

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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My take on this especially funny romantic comedy, with some "insights" other reviewers missed
6 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other positive reviews here, with one reservation. The film is a very funny, well written and performed screwball comedy. I especially enjoyed the sequence where Miland has to scramble between two adjoining apartments, a situation I've seen lots of times in comedy films; it's delightful here because of Miland's perfect performance and the spot on comic pacing. It's great fun seeing the cutsy-pie, air head performance of Gail Patrick; in her other "other woman" roles ("My Favorite Wife", etc.) she plays it stern and bland, here she's very funny and likable. OK, my one reservation--Loretta Young is miscast; she is off-putting in the first half of the film, seeming a total bitch. Later in the film, as her character softens she becomes a sympathetic character and right for the part. Hers is a role that seems to have been written for Roziland Russel or Jean Arthur; as I watched the film it was very easy to imagine those actresses fitting the part and the dialog to perfection. Occasionally Young seems to be handling her lines as Russel would, including her vocal inflections.


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