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Father Takes a Wife (1941)

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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Frederic 'Freddie' Osborne Senior
Leslie Collier Osborne
Frederic Osborne Junior
Carlos Bardez
Helen Broderick ...
Aunt Julie
Florence Rice ...
Enid Osborne
Vincent Stewart
Grady Sutton ...
Tailor Fitter
George Meader ...
Henderson (as George Meador)
Mary Treen ...
Secretary (Credits) / Miss Patterson, Junior's Secretary
Ruth Dietrich ...
Miss Patterson (Credits) / Junior's Second Secretary


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 <>

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GAY..GOOFY..GAGA! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Father Takes a Wife  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Anne Shirley originally had the role of Enid, but left to star in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941). See more »


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


I Love You Truly
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Carrie Jacobs Bond
Played by the band at the wedding
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Just turn off your brain and enjoy...
5 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine that this enjoyable comedy lost money when it debuted, as it's witty and fun. However, lost money it did.

"Father Takes a Wife" begins with Freddie (Adolph Menjou) behaving like a love-struck teen--even though he's in his 50s and the head of a major shipping company. He doesn't care, as he's planning on marrying Leslie (Gloria Swanson). But, there is a slight problem--both Freddie and Leslie are rather stubborn and several times this leads to problems. The first is minor and occurs on their wedding day. The second, and MUCH more serious, begin during their honeymoon. An incredibly egotistical 'singing genius', Carlos (Desi Arnez), stows away on their ship. At first the couple befriend him, as Carlos is quite charming. However, their friendship and patience is tested when he moves in with them and Leslie decides to be his sponsor. Not surprisingly, Freddie is jealous--not just because she could be having an affair but because he feels so left out! Now you'd think things would get better when Freddie's grown children take Carlos in, but it doesn't. What's next for this young old couple?

This is a great example of a film whose plot is ridiculous BUT you can really enjoy the film if you turn off your brain and don't think about this. This is because the characters are wonderful (especially Arnez and Helen Broderick) and the dialog very clever and funny. A nice little time-passer.

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