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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
Frank Sully ...
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
Edward Van Sloan ...
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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Is there a doctor in the house? Yes... in the dog house! See more »

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18 July 1940 (Mexico)  »

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El doctor se casa  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Melvyn Douglas and Virginia Bruce starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of this story on December 8, 1941. 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

June Cameron: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. That man in there really isn't my husband. He's a... he's a prowler!
Reporter: Lady, I don't care what your husband does for a living.
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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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Cute screwball
9 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young and Ray Milland star in "The Doctor Takes a Wife," a 1940 comedy that also features Edmund Gwenn, Gail Patrick, and Reginald Gardner. Young plays June Cameron, a 1940 version of a feminist who writes on the joys of being a bachelorette. When her editor/boyfriend (Reginald Gardner) summons her back to New York from her vacation, she hitches a ride with Dr. Timothy Sterling (Milland). Through a series of unfortunate events, the press reports that they're married, which will ruin June's current the status of her current best seller, Spinsters Aren't Spinach. Her publisher wants to keep the mistake going because June can now write about being married; and Dr. Sterling's newly married status wins him a big promotion. The fly in the ointment is Sterling's fiancée (Gail Patrick).

Completely predictable, of course, and dated, but still fun because of the terrific cast and good direction by Alexander Hall. Both the stars are very good. Young is beautiful in her tailored suits and gives her material the needed light touch. Milland always had a flair for comedy and does a good job as the stubborn doctor. Amusing, and a look back at the old days when this kind of film was popular.


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