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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
Harry Pulham
Kay Motford
Mr. Pulham Sr.
Bill King
Fay Holden ...
Mrs. John Pulham
Mary Pulham
Douglas Wood ...
Mr. Bullard
Walter Kaufman
Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown (as Leif Erikson)
Phil Brown ...
Joe Bingham
David Clyde ...
Hugh the Butler
Sara Haden ...
Miss Rollo


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


At Last! See Today's Greatest Love Story! (original 2x7 newspaper ad) See more »


Drama | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sol de Outono  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 13, 1942 with Hedy Lamarr and Robert Young reprising their film roles. See more »


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 »


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 »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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How sad, how true
27 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Though dealing primarily with an upper-class character, this picture involves decisions and emotional conflicts that everyone can relate to. The bittersweet story reminds us that to a greater or lesser extent we all settle for something less than the life we dreamed of. On the surface, the characters here are happy: they say they are, and they mean it. But beneath that surface are disappointment and longing that they keenly feel when the past is recalled. Better not to think about it, and just go on with the life you have.

Hedy Lamarr was a curious choice for this role. It doesn't really suit her, but she handles it better than one might expect.

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