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The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

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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

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June Cameron
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Dr. Timothy Sterling
Reginald Gardiner ...
John R. Pierce
Gail Patrick ...
Marilyn Thomas
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Dr. Lionel Sterling
Frank Sully ...
Louie 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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A laugh cure in generous doses! See more »

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13 February 1941 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Docteur ... marions-nous  »

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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

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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Highly improbable plot, even for a screwball comedy...
24 January 2013 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young and Ray Milland aren't to blame for the weak and tedious script which keeps piling one mishap after another in an attempt to qualify as a smart screwball comedy.

Suspension of disbelief was not possible for me, especially for the sequence that has Milland running back and forth during a cocktail party to keep his fiancé from learning Loretta Young is in his apartment. Milland handles the bit with deft touches, but the improbability is too apparent even for a screwball comedy.

And Gail Patrick overdoes her "cutesy" act as his moronic girlfriend. Even Reginald Gardiner and Edmund Gwenn are unable to overcome some awkward comic moments.

Milland and Young do the best they can with the formula script, but the end results are meager with the film straining for a few genuine laughs. Furthermore, Young's character is too sarcastic to be likable for the first part of the story, but of course softens for the happy ending.


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