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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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21 May 1940 (USA)  »

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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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Fast Start, Sloppy Finish
23 January 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This RKO second feature stars Lucille Ball and James Ellison, starts out amusingly -- particularly the scene where Ellison is hung over and the toaster is very noisy -- but ends in very predictable fashion. The leads can't hold this fluff together: Ball is unconvincing and Ellison is too montonous. Robert Coote, in support, is excellent.


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