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Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  11 October 1940 (USA)
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Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, ... See full summary »

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Margot Sherwood Merrick
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Jeff Thompson
Raymond Walburn ...
Mr. Sherwood
Lee Bowman ...
Philip Booth
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Vicky Sherwood
Felix Bressart ...
August Winkel
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Mr. Flandrin
Ann Morriss ...
Beth Hampshire
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Hughie Wheeler
Ernest Whitman ...
Sam
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Burton
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Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the deception and decides to show up at Margot's family home posing as her husband! Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Such Fun! Such Romance! IT'S WONDERFUL!

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11 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Casada com Ninguém  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The director of the Production Code Administation (PCA) had MGM delete several gags that suggested Margot was pregnant, since, he said, illegitimacy could not be the basis for a comedy. See more »

Goofs

When Jeff Thompson appears he is holding some neck ties in his left hand as he is talking to a member of the ship's crew. When he turns around in the next shot he is seen placing an oil painting down with several others. The neck ties disappeared and in their place a painting materialized. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Johnson: Two by two we marry, one by one we die.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Ernesto Lecuona
Played as dance music by the band at a nightclub
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Not exactly a side splitter
2 February 2010 | by (baltimore , md) – See all my reviews

Here is a good example of a film with good intentions that go slightly awry. One could presumably place it in the screwball comedy category but that may be overstating the case. It is intended to be amusing, and for the most part, it lives up that standard.While some may carp that Melvyn Douglas lacks the same credentials as a Cary Grant,he does have an expert sense of timing in his delivery that overcomes his essential lack of charisma.Myrna Loy gives it the old college try and never disgraces herself.(Although she didn't manage to hide her heavyset ankles in this one and we realize why she would never be considered a pin-up queen despite a face that always lit up the screen.) There is only one scene that goes on and on becoming less funny by the minute and that is between Douglas and the unfortunate Lee Bowman playing drunk.If it had been cut the continuity would have survived quite nicely. All told, you could spend time with this one and not feel badly cheated.Better than mediocre, less than scintillating.


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