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The Feminine Touch (1941)

 -  Comedy  -  October 1941 (USA)
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John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Julie Hathaway
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Prof. John Hathaway
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Nellie Woods
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Elliott Morgan, Publisher
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Captain Makepeace Liveright
Gordon Jones ...
Rubber-Legs Ryan
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Shelley Mason, Critic
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Freddie Bond, Elliott's Lawyer
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Dean Hutchinson, Digby College
David Clyde ...
Brighton, Elliot's Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy published. John and Julie go to Elliott Morgan Publishing to discuss his book. Being that it is highly technical and boring, Nellie wants to focus on the small part about couples that she thinks will sell. But it soon becomes apparent that everyone is more intrigued by Julie than the book. Elliott tries to make advances on Julie while Nellie is more interested in John than his book. Julie, however, is worried about John, while John, who wrote the book on jealousy, seems oblivious to it and thinks that he knows everything about jealousy. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy

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October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All Woman  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Nellie Woods: Sorry I'm not what you were expecting.
Elliott Morgan, Publisher: What makes you think I'm expecting anybody?
Nellie Woods: What makes me think that dogs like liver?
Elliott Morgan, Publisher: I don't get the analogy, but I expect it's very clever. It so happens that you're wrong; there's no one coming.
Nellie Woods: You're right. She's gone out with her husband.
Elliott Morgan, Publisher: [feigning confusion] Uh. . .who has?
Nellie Woods: The liver.
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References Tugboat Annie (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Academic Festival Overture in C, Op. 80
(uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Variations played as part of the score when the college sign is shown
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LOVE that dream sequence
3 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am second to none in my admiration for Roz Russell, but she was clearly second choice for this role. The wife is supposed to slay men at first sight and make them behave like idiots. Sorry, but that's not Roz. It seems tailor made for Hedy Lamarr, who would have been at the height of her beauty in 1941. Even the Adrian wardrobe looks designed with Lamarr in mind. Someone above mentioned Lana Turner, but she would have been too young at this time. Also, Roz plays it like a half-wit, something Lamarr wouldn't have to resort to, as a war-bride who had trouble with American idioms and customs. Ameche, Heflin and Francis are terrific as usual, as is the rest of the supporting cast. And I loved the production design, van Heflin's couch and lamps in his NY apartment are particularly terrifying, as is Kay Francis's "beaver-mouse ears" hat. And I LOVE that Dali-esquire dream sequence. Someone ought to do a compilation of the Dali-inspired dream sequences from the period. There were lots.


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