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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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Cast

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Marvin Myles Ransome
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Harry Moulton Pulham
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Cordelia 'Kay' Motford Pulham
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John Pulham
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Bill King
Fay Holden ...
Mrs. John Pulham
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Mary Pulham
Douglas Wood ...
Mr. 'J.T.' Bullard
Charles Halton ...
Walter Kaufman
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Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown (as Leif Erikson)
Phil Brown ...
Joe Bingham
David Clyde ...
Hugh, the Butler
Sara Haden ...
Miss Rollo, Harry's Secretary
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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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18 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Sol de Outono  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Favorite film of Hedy Lamarr. See more »

Goofs

The flashback scenes in a taxi take place in 1919, however, the footage through rear-projection through the back window of the cab clearly show late 1930s automobiles. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »

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Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland
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Music by Leo Friedman
Played while the children dance at school
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Look Back at Life
8 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Right from the beginning, one might mistake this film for a comedy. In fact, the artistic opening sequences make H. M. Pulham (Robert Young) out to be a rather eccentric man. But as the film goes on, we learn that his is a complex and likable man with a life relateable to anyone at anytime. He is notified of a Harvard class reunion and for the event, he must write a personal biography. Writing it turns out to be difficult, and we journey through memories in search of the ones to include.

As a young boy, Pulham was brought up in a highly educated and somewhat rigid environment. His mother (Fay Holden), father (Charles Coburn), and sister (Bonita Granville) loved him and accepted his friends willingly, especially Bill King (Van Heflin). They even arranged for a girl to be nearby at all times (Ruth Hussey); he even eventually married her. However, the one aspect of his life that was not planned was his love affair with an advertiser named Marvin (Hedy Lamarr). Thinking about her brings back all of the passion they had for each other, and he begins to wonder why they never ended up together when they were in love.

This movie is sentimental and entertaining. Each of the actors is excellent in his part, especially Lamarr who exercises a new part of her personality. In most of her films, she plays a seductive and somewhat distant woman. Here, she is warm and inviting, much more like an ideal wife and mother. One could easily imagine her sitting by the fire mending socks or cooking over a hot stove and all the while remaining radiantly beautiful.


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