MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 16,731 this week

Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 October 1941 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 385 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 1 critic

Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play)
0Check in
0Share...

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2787 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1928 titles
created 03 Jan 2014
 
a list of 45 titles
created 28 Apr 2014
 
list image
a list of 10 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Father Takes a Wife (1941) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Father Takes a Wife.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Growing up in a poor working-class family, Laura decides not to marry the boy-next-door and instead accepts wealthy, older Will Brockton's invitation to move in with him. After falling in ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Constance Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Montgomery
Biography | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This is the film version of Vernon and Irene Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to World War I.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver
The Locket (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, Brian Aherne
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gene Tierney and Ray Milland play the Sheridans, a married couple unable to have a biological child. They visit an adoption agency to make inquiries and start the ball rolling. Then, they ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Ray Milland, Gene Tierney, Fay Bainter
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott
Carefree (1938)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the relationship with his fiancee, Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Dr. Flagg. After some minor misunderstandings, she falls in love ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy
Certificate: Passed Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lawyer defends migrant worker falsely accused of 2 murders.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Dolores Moran
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Joe comes from a rough neighborhood and when his brother Mike is gunned down in 1927, he decides to go into legitimate business. He wants to make a lot of money and fast so he is ambitious ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Genevieve Tobin, Frank Morgan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Leslie Collier
...
...
Carlos
Helen Broderick ...
Aunt Julie
Florence Rice ...
Enid
...
Vincent Stewart
Grady Sutton ...
Tailor
George Meader ...
Henderson (as George Meador)
Mary Treen ...
Secretary
Ruth Dietrich ...
Miss Patterson
Edit

Storyline

Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is going to marry Leslie Collier, the famous stage star, and Junior and his wife Enid are horrified and expect the worse from the hot-tempered father and the volatile actress. They have been married only five minutes before they have a quarrel, and have to be carried out of the house to begin a sea-voyage honeymoon. Carlos, a penniless stowaway with a high opinion of his singing ability, is invited to stay with Senior and his bride when they return to New York, the idea that sponsoring Carlos' career will give Leslie the limelight she promised to fore-go when she married Senior. The routine of arranging Carlos' debut disrupts the Osborne home and Senior goes home to the children. To save Senior's marriage, Junior and Enid invite Carlos to stay in their home. Junior too soon stalks out. Senior and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Thrill for You -- GLORIA IS BACK in a honey of a comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papá se casa  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Swedish actress Signe Hasso and Argentine actor Alberto Vila were supposed to have made their American debuts in this film, but neither appeared. See more »

Goofs

Ruth Dietrich is billed onscreen as "Miss Patterson", but it is secretary 'Mary Treen' who is called by that name several times. See more »

Soundtracks

Perfidia
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Milton Leeds and Alberto Domínguez
Played on a record aboard ship and
Sung in Spanish by Desi Arnaz
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
as only Glorious Gloria could play it
18 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Love this film. Gloria looks terrific (she was only 42) and her comedy timing is perfect (never typecast, in her heyday Gloria did comedy, drama, whatever). A standout is the scene where Gloria and Menjou, moments before they're to be married, have a scuffle over the monogram on Gloria's new honeymoon luggage and she ends up changing it with her lipstick. Menjou at 51 is basically playing an Adolph Menjou part or "dress suit role" (as he calls it in his biography)- it could be 1931 (when he was....about the same age Gloria is here)- and would go on playing in 1951+ while Gloria doesn't appear on screen again until 1950. This film should have been a comeback vehicle for Swanson but, for whatever reason, it wasn't. It got excellent critical reviews, the script and performances are more or less equal to those of other stand-alone lighthearted, romantic comedies released that year (Mr & Mrs Smith, The Bride Came C.O.D., Honeymoon For Three, Love Crazy) but supposedly didn't bring in the box office. One biography of Swanson suggests that it got swept under the rug due to the sudden onset of WWII; but the film came out in September 1941, was in L.A. in October....Pearl Harbor wasn't until December 7. I suspect mainly, then as now, there wasn't a lot of enthusiasm (on the part of filmmakers, or audiences, or both?) for a woman over 40 in a leading lady role unless forced to with a "woman over 40" part like Norma Desmond, or Bette Davis in The Star (age 44), or Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear (age 47) and her age is a plot point involving a relationship with a younger man (wheareas a male actor could romance a starlet 25 years his junior or more and, whatever else happens in the plot, the age difference is a non-issue). Anyway, this film could have been made with someone else and still been a perfectly cute early '40s comedy but she gives it an extra sparkle (literally- her jewelry. Not to mention her swell over the top costumes; her hairstyle if not flattering to modern eyes was typical of the time- and certainly no worse than Mary Astor's in Maltese Falcon, also 1941) and Menjou is good, too.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Father Takes a Wife (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?