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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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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Timothy Sterling
John Pierce
Marilyn Thomas
Dr. Lionel Sterling
Frank Sully ...
Georges Metaxa ...
Jean Rovere
Dr. Streeter
Joseph Eggenton ...
Dr. Nielson
Paul McAllister ...
Dean Lawton
Hal K. Dawson ...
Edward Van Sloan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Gilliam


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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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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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 »


When Tim is passed out drunk on June's bed, the hair on his forehead disappears and then reappears between shots. See more »


John R. Pierce: You know, he's stubborn.
June Cameron: That's an understatement.
Dr. Timothy Sterling: [from the bedroom] Where are my pants!
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Credits are written in chalk on the sidewalk as pedestrians walk over them. See more »


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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Has Its Moments
28 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you have a number of these types of movies, they become more competitive. While this one is good in part, not a throwaway, neither is it particularly a keeper if you're short on space. Ms. Young does well enough with what she has to work with, Reginald Gardner the same, but Ray Milland disappoints here as some other places as well. He's better cool and collected, very effective in that, like in "Dial M for Murder." He just embarrasses me here with his contrived expressions, and I recall experiencing that with him previously in a comedy. So artificial, so put on, you wonder why they let it pass. There are good segments, but overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to watch this one.

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