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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 »



(screen play) (as Jerry Cady), (story "The Romantic Mr. Hinklin") | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
Andrew 'Hinkie' Hinklin
Robert Coote ...
'Batty' Battincourt
William Halligan ...
J.R. Gillespie, Sr.
Mother Fields
Rosina Galli ...
Mama Brentoni (scenes deleted)
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
Mrs. Doolittle (scenes deleted)
Leo Cleary ...
Mr. Doolittle (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

21 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Romantic Mr. Hinklin  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Lucy is surprisingly good!
26 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

If you're a Lucille Ball fan and want to see a bit of her dramatic range (even though this is a screwball comedy--kind of), this is a great little film that shows off more of her depth. I was incredibly impressed, being only familiar with her TV shows and comedy movies like Fancy Pants, Yours Mine, etc., and the pretty bad Desi/Lucy movies. It helps that this film is actually very well written--although it does, as the other commentator on this board points out, have a "sloppy" ending. Still, the dialogue is witty and intelligent, especially the lines slung by Ball's "mother," and Ball herself gets to do more than just character impressions--which she gets to do as well, and here you'll see the early Lucy Ricardo shining through in all her comedic glory.

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