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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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John Hathaway
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Nellie Woods
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Elliott Morgan
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Captain Makepeace Liveright
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Rubber-Legs Ryan
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Shelley Mason
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Freddie Bond
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Dean Hutchinson
David Clyde ...
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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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October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All Woman  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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Jealous
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Little
Lyrics by Dick Finch and Tommie Malie
Played as background music during the opening and end credits
Sung by an unidentified woman at a nightclub
Sung a cappella by Rosalind Russell
Played as background music often
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Kay's last A
21 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charming goof-ball comedy played by experts. Roz, looking great, is sassy and fun one of the greatest at the slow burn ever. She comes across as a bit addle-pated at times but she also has an enormous amount of patience with her husband, a good but not very sensitive man.

This was Kay Francis' last part in an A level film and a shame since she is both humorous and chic. Her slide into low grade junk and obscurity within a few years of this is an example of the way Hollywood wastes talented performers once they are no longer as big at the box office. Since this is an MGM film and she made a good showing in the picture it's surprising they didn't take her on. Her brand of sophistication seems right up their alley and even if no longer a leading lady she could have done well in support.

Ameche's character as I said is a rather clueless blow-hard but his natural charm makes him less irksome than he would normally be. Heflin, fresh off his Oscar for Johnny Eager, is well cast as a would be gigolo who thinks he is more suave and irresistible than he in fact is.

Overall a bit dated in it's attitudes, unsurprisingly, but the four stars make it worth watching.


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