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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played for a church wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut
Later sung by an unidentifed singing telegram boy quartet with modified lyrics
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another mixed up Loretta Young love story from the 1940's
27 August 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young (Kismet, zillions of romantic stories on love & marriage) is successful author June Cameron, who gets tangled up with Dr. Sterling (Ray Milland - Lost Weekend, the Major and the Minor). He agrees to help her out of a jam, but of course, their "resolution" causes problems in his own life, and later, problems in her life. Supporting roles by Reginald Gardiner and also Gail Patrick. Many similarities here to the 1945 film "Christmas in Connecticut" with Barbara Stanwyck, but they credit different authors. Also similar to "Third Finger Left Hand".. (Lionel Houser wrote Christmas in CT.. and Third Finger..) Loretta Young always reminds me of Ann Marie from the TV show "That Girl" -- thru a series of misunderstandings she herself has caused, she drags everyone around her into this huge ball of confusion, and has to straighten everything out at the last minute. Silly but fun. This flick could have been an episode of "Three's Company".


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