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Turnabout (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  17 May 1940 (USA)
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Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Phil Manning
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Sally Willows
John Hubbard ...
Tim Willows
William Gargan ...
Joel Clare
Verree Teasdale ...
Laura Bannister
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Marion Manning
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Henry
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Irene Clare
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Miss Edwards
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Mr. Pingboom
Marjorie Main ...
Nora
Berton Churchill ...
Julian Marlowe
Margaret Roach ...
Dixie Gale
Ray Turner ...
Mose
Norman Budd ...
Jimmy
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Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

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17 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Matrimonio al revés  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Polly Ann Young, who plays Miss Twill is the older sister of film star Loretta Young. See more »

Quotes

Sally Willows: Now listen to me, Tim Willows, the situation with this dog of yours has gone entirely too far. He goes to a kennel tomorrow or I go!
Tim Willows: Darling, you wouldn't have much fun in a kennel.
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Connections

Followed by Turnabout (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Margie
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson
Lyrics by Benny Davis
Sung by a chorus on radio with modified lyrics
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"My, she's acting queer!" ... "That's not an act!"
29 August 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A mystical bust of a turbaned god gives a bickering, unsatisfied married couple exactly what they want: they switch bodies...but unfortunately not voices, which means the husband--who is one-third of a partnership in a big city advertising firm--talks like a girl and prances around his office complete with pocketbook! Very early entry in the body-switching genre is much fresher than some of the similar comedies which followed years later; the film doesn't have an esteemed reputation, so it's difficult to imagine that it influenced other pictures, but surely this was the starting point (or close to it). There are some very fast, very funny lines, quick and efficient gags, bright performers--however the first thirty minutes (a straight satire on big business before the 'magical' troubles begin) is just fine all by itself. The body-switching ploy pretty much comes out of nowhere and sticks out as a gimmick, when actually the movie was progressing very well without it. **1/2 from ****


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