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Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 11 October 1940 (USA)
A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications soon ensue.



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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Thompson
Mr. Sherwood
Philip Booth
Vicky Sherwood
August Winkel
Mr. Flandrin
Ann Morriss ...
Beth Hampshire
Hughie Wheeler
Ernest Whitman ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...


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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Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casada com Ninguém  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 4 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 18 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 4 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it finally aired 8 July 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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 »


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


Carmen Ohio
(1903) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fred Cornell
Arranged by Leo Arnaud
Played on the radio and sung by a glee club
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Predictable but with a good cast
30 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Myrna Loy wears a wedding ring on her "Third Finger, Left Hand" in this 1940 comedy, but she's not married. As Margot, the editor of a popular womens magazine, she tells everyone she's married to a guy named Tony. Why? Because every other woman who's had the job has lost it because of the publisher's wife. He's got a roving eye. Meanwhile, Philip Booth (Lee Bowman) wants to marry her, but she just can't seem to find Tony to get a divorce.

Then Margot meets Jeff Thompson (Melvyn Douglas), an artist who figures out that there's no Tony. So he shows up at her house and announces that he is Tony. Now she's in a pickle, and she can't divorce him without marrying him first.

This is a cute comedy, nothing special, with good acting by the always reliable Loy and Douglas. As he sailed through all these supporting roles, Douglas was hiding a serious, incredible dramatic talent. Fortunately, once he was older and there was no studio to cast him as the other man, he was able to show it.

One interesting thing about this film is the role of the train porter Sam, played by Ernest Whitman, who is pulled into service by Jeff to delay the settlement negotiations en route to Reno. Sam is your typical train porter of those days until he tells Jeff that he's taken law correspondence courses. He then recites law to Philip and Margot and delays the divorce. Very unusual for those days, as is the wonderful character of Oliver Cromwell Jones in "Crash Dive" who is one of the soldiers on the submarine. These good roles for African Americans were few and far between back then.

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