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Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 October 1941 (USA)
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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Leslie Collier
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Carlos
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Aunt Julie
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Enid
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Vincent Stewart
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Tailor
George Meader ...
Henderson (as George Meador)
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Ruth Dietrich ...
Miss Patterson
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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 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>

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Comedy | Romance

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3 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Papá se casa  »

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Trivia

Gloria Swanson requested that her former costumer, René Hubert, design her gowns. 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

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the band after the wedding
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Mildly amusing comedy does not live up to its premise.

This was a good idea for a deft comedy but the writers were not up to it. Swanson is great fun but underutilized as the movie star who marries a staid shipping magnate (Menjou) and whose glamorous lifestyle is not approved of by his dull children. Helen Broderick is amusing in the Ilka Chase-ish role of a romantically predatory older woman and Desi Arnaz is fine as the opportunistic singer who is taken under Swanson's wing. It all looks like it should sparkle and bubble, but it just sits there like flat ginger ale. Even Swanson's comic timing and marvelous personality can't save it. This is for Swanson fans only - others will be put to sleep.


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