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H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  18 December 1941 (USA)
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A man who lived his life as he was was told he should, not as he would have chosen to, is brought out of his shell by a beautiful young woman.



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Complete credited cast:
Marvin Myles Ransome
Harry Moulton Pulham
Cordelia 'Kay' Motford Pulham
John Pulham
Bill King
Fay Holden ...
Mrs. John Pulham
Mary Pulham
Douglas Wood ...
Mr. 'J.T.' Bullard
Charles Halton ...
Walter Kaufman
Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown (as Leif Erikson)
Phil Brown ...
Joe Bingham
David Clyde ...
Hugh, the Butler
Sara Haden ...
Miss Rollo, Harry's Secretary


A man who lived his life as he was was told he should, not as he would have chosen to, is brought out of his shell by a beautiful young woman.

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Release Date:

18 December 1941 (USA)  »

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H.M. Pulham, Esq.  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Favorite film of Hedy Lamarr. See more »


Harry Moulton Pulham: They say that you can get over anything in time. I don't believe you can... but given enough time you can put it where it belongs.
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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »


Where Do We Go From Here
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Whistled by Robert Young
Sung a cappella by Van Heflin
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Engrossing film.
23 March 2005 | by (Santiago de Chile.) – See all my reviews

What a remarkable movie! It contains, as far as I've seen her, Hedy Lamarr's best performance ever...she's luminous here, human, warm, heart-wrenching, not the aloof goddess of other MGM films (which I like too, by the way). She gives a complex, multi-layered performance as a liberal, independent, unprejudiced, modern working woman who falls in love with a lad (grandly impersonated by Robert Young) who comes from an aristocratic, old fashioned, "blue-blood" family from Boston.

They meet while working together in an advertising/publicity company, but their relationship is not an easy one, due to Marvin's (Hedy) unease with his family's morals, mores and ways...

The movie is told in flashback, with Harry Pulham (Robert Young) remembering his childhood and younger days, when he's well into his forties and married to a woman of his same "Social Circle" (Ruth Hussey-what a good actress she was, giving a first-rate performance in a role so different from the one she played the previous year in "The Philadelphia Story").

You can tell this movie was directed by a first rate director like King Vidor, who could handle so well "sociological" issues.

Good performances too by Van Heflin as Young's pal, Bonita Granville as his sister, Charles Coburn as his father et al.

An engrossing film, watch it on TCM, where it's scheduled regularly.

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