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Turnabout (1940)

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

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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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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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Good but frustrating
11 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Turnabout" is a moderately amusing comedy whose central premise — a husband and wife are supernaturally put inside each other's bodies and she has to negotiate his work world while he has to endure the boredom of stay-at-home wifehood — could have been the basis for a much better movie than we have. Producer-director Hal Roach had previously used the gimmick in a much funnier two-reeler starring Charley Chase, "Okay, Toots!," in 1935, and he got the plot of "Turnabout" from a novel by Thorne Smith, whose "Topper" stories had previously made him a lot of money. Though hampered by a low-voltage cast (the actors playing the couple, Carole Landis and John Hubbard, meant so little in 1940 Adolphe Menjou, in the supporting role of the husband's business partner, got top billing) and the fact that the movie is already almost half over before the actual turnabout occurs, it's still a nicely amusing comedy from a bunch of professionals who knew how to make people laugh — but imagine how good it could have been with the "Topper" stars, Constance Bennett and Cary Grant, in the leads!


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