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You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 May 1940 (USA)
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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Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
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Andrew 'Hinkie' Hinklin
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'Batty' Battincourt
William Halligan ...
J.R. Gillespie, Sr.
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Mother Fields
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Sally
Rosina Galli ...
Mama Brentoni
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Salesman
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
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Mrs. Doolittle
Leo Cleary ...
Mr. Doolittle
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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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21 May 1940 (USA)  »

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The Romantic Mr. Hinklin  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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She learned the accent at home
16 November 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Half the problems in the marriage of James Ellison and Lucille Ball are due to the fact there's the mother-in-law from hell living with them in the person of Emma Dunn. I could identify with that, my parents had one of the grandmas living at home and it wasn't pleasant for the odd one out.

Taken partly from The Guardsman and partly from The Awful Truth, You Can't Fool Your Wife is an amusing domestic comedy showing some of the talents of Lucille Ball in that direction. She plays a dual role here, Jimmy Ellison's who fears the marriage has gone stale after a year and a South American bombshell. No need for a voice coach to get the accent right, she had the best teacher in the world in that newlywed husband she had at home.

Also in the cast is Robert Coote playing a droll English visitor who runs the London office at Ellison's business. The man likes to party hearty and wants a companion to share the romping with. He really unknowingly starts all the marital discord.

The last 15 minutes with the two Lucys at a masquerade party has a lot of good laughs in it.

You Can't Fool Your Wife holds up pretty well after almost 80 years.


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