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Lionel Houser (original screen play)
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11 October 1940 (USA) See more »
Such Fun! Such Romance! IT'S WONDERFUL!
A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications soon ensue. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Myrna Loy ... Margot Sherwood Merrick

Melvyn Douglas ... Jeff Thompson

Raymond Walburn ... Mr. Sherwood

Lee Bowman ... Philip Booth

Bonita Granville ... Vicky Sherwood

Felix Bressart ... August Winkel

Donald Meek ... Mr. Flandrin
Ann Morriss ... Beth Hampshire

Sidney Blackmer ... Hughie Wheeler
Ernest Whitman ... Sam
Halliwell Hobbes ... Burton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Ship's Officer / Man Leaving Drugstore (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Woman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Art Berry Sr. ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)

Olive Blakeney ... Louise (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Mr. Thompson (uncredited)
John Butler ... Telegrapher at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Edward Cecil ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Ricardo Lord Cezon ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Naomi Childers ... Soda Shop Customer (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Pullman Conductor (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Ship Steward (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Johann (uncredited)

Maurice Costello ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Woman in Berth (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Miss Carruthers (uncredited)
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Russell (uncredited)
Jane Goude ... Emma (uncredited)

Greta Granstedt ... Selma (uncredited)
William Halligan ... Ralph Russell (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Kelland (uncredited)

Edna Holland ... Miss Lawton (uncredited)

John Ince ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Woman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Ship Steward (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Reverend Johnson (uncredited)
Ann Marsters ... Woman at Railroad Station (uncredited)

May McAvoy ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Judge Holman (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ... Mrs. Thompson (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Miss Dell (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Niagara Falls Guide (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Wilbur (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Arcade Photographer (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)

Rita Quigley ... Elvira Kelland (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Third Mate on Ship (uncredited)
Florence Shirley ... Agnes (uncredited)
Gertrude Simpson ... Woman in Berth (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Waiter with Scar (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Man in Berth (uncredited)
Marvin Stephens ... Merton (uncredited)
Christina Teague ... Woman at Railroad Station (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Cameraman in Ohio (uncredited)
Andrew Tombes ... Mr. Kelland (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Martin (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Woman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Barney (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Herbert (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
Writing credits
Lionel Houser (original screen play)

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... producer
Robert Z. Leonard .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Snell 
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Edward Ward (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Elmo Veron (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6660)

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: 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 (1939). .See more »
Rev. Johnson:Two by two we marry, one by one we die.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Delightful!, 15 December 2003
Author: Costu-2 from Pennsylvania, USA

Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas are fantastic, respectively, in this screwball comedy about a career woman with a phantom husband and the man from Wapakoneta, Ohio, who decides to fill-the-bill. The subsidiary roles are wonderfully taken as well. The only quibble I have with the movie is that it is a -wee- bit long for its material, but viewers looking for some light diversion will not be disappointed by this farcical laugh-romp.

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