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You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  21 May 1940 (USA)
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Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
James Ellison ...
Andrew 'Hinkie' Hinklin
Robert Coote ...
'Batty' Battincourt
William Halligan ...
J.R. Gillespie, Sr.
Emma Dunn ...
Mother Fields
Virginia Vale ...
Sally
Rosina Galli ...
Mama Brentoni (scenes deleted)
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Salesman (scenes deleted)
Oscar O'Shea ...
Dr. Emery, Colony College Chaplain
Norman Mayes ...
Porter at Dock
Patsy O'Byrne ...
Hotel Maid
Charlie Hall ...
Ritz Amsterdam Bellboy
Dell Henderson ...
Ritz Amsterdam Manager
Minerva Urecal ...
Mrs. Doolittle (scenes deleted)
Leo Cleary ...
Mr. Doolittle (scenes deleted)
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Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from London must be entertained, Andrew gets stuck entertaining him - and he Battincourt likes to party. Andrew is only doing his job, but Clara thinks differently and tosses him out. Andrew tries to reason with Clara, but Mother is against him. So Battincourt tries to get them back together by giving Clara the beauty treatment and having a costume party. But Mercedes Vasquez is an identical twin at the same party. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Towards the end of the movie, Clara has her anniversary present, the music box, in bed with her. Andrew comes in, the music box shortly disappears. Then, later, they are embracing, and it appears in his hand before he leaves the bedroom. See more »

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early Lucy love story/comedy
3 April 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

The beginning of "You Can't Fool your Wife" shows us Clara and Andrew Hinklin's yearbook photos, and their wedding, where the Chaplain advises the groom "You might as well make up your mind from the start - You Can't Win!" We see that time passes, and they are having their fifth anniversary, and thats when the trouble starts. In one of Lucy's first lead roles, we see the typical husband and wife misunderstandings and mistaken identity that would become usual fare for Lucy and Ricky fifteen years later in "I Love Lucy". When this film was made, Lucy had been in movies for about seven years, but mostly uncredited, deleted, or minor roles. Lucille Ball and James Ellison had worked together in "Next Time I Marry" in 1938. Robert Coote is the client Mr. Battincourt, who gets Andrew into all sorts of trouble at home. Emma Dunn is the blustering, interfering mother in law, stirring up the pot. The cast list on IMDb shows Charles Lane, scenes deleted, which is a shame, since he was a great character actor from the 1930s and 1940s. The sound effects play a role here... the toaster and the rocking chair add the only comedy in the first half of the film. Virginia Vale plays a supporting role "Sally". Vale has an interesting bio on IMDb - she had won a contest to come to Hollywood, but it appears she retired from movies at the ripe old age of 25 and didn't appear in films after 1945? In the plot, Battincourt cooks up a scheme that may or may not get Hinklin out of all his troubles... and all neatly wrapped up in a 68 minute RKO shortie. The whole way through the film, it borders on being a comedy, but no-one cracks jokes or falls down - it's a situational low-key comedy that's really more of a love story. This one does NOT appear to be a remake of the 1923 film of the same name.


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