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

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

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The Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the band after the wedding
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as only Glorious Gloria could play it
18 January 2015 | by 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.


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