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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 ensue when she meets a potential suitor.

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Jeff Thompson
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Mr. Sherwood
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Philip Booth
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Vicky Sherwood
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August Winkel
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Mr. Flandrin
Ann Morriss ...
Beth Hampshire
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Hughie Wheeler
Ernest Whitman ...
Sam
Halliwell Hobbes ...
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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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Casada com Ninguém  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Jimmy Conlin (Ernest) and Dick Paxton (Messenger Boy) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they are not seen in this movie. Most of the men and women at the railroad station listed in the cast are shown in longshot and are not recognizable, but are assumed to be there. See more »

Goofs

The neon sign over the gaming establishment is Play Palace, but the sign painted on the glass over the front door is Play Place, both identifications appearing in the same shot, at the same time; it was also used the previous year in another Myrna Loy film, Lucky Night. . See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sam: Looks like the case is closed!
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Riddle
(1940) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Earl K. Brent
Music by David Snell
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Often sung a cappella by Melvyn Douglas
Sung a cappella by Ernest Whitman
Sung a cappella by Myrna Loy
Played by the band at the Wapakoneta, Ohio railroad station
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Rare 1940 dignified Black role
20 October 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

While this comedy is about the romantic complications facing a woman executive and the artist who loves her, "Third Finger, Left Hand" provides a rarely seen dignified Black role. When first we see Sam (portrayed by veteran African American actor, Ernest Whitman) he is a train porter speaking in an 'uneducated' manner - employing the type of language structure used by script writers of the time to reinforce negative racial stereotypes. Later, however, a Sam is revealed to have taken college correspondence courses for years and to be someone quite knowledgeable in matters of Law: able to quote court rulings and present effective legal arguments on behalf of his client, the artist. Ultimately, Sam is the hero of "Third Finger, Left Hand", making it possible for the protagonists' love to triumph.


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