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H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)

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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Marvin Myles
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Harry Pulham
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Kay Motford
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Mr. Pulham Sr.
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Bill King
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Mrs. John Pulham
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Mary Pulham
Douglas Wood ...
Mr. Bullard
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Walter Kaufman
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Rodney 'Bo-Jo' Brown (as Leif Erikson)
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Joe Bingham
David Clyde ...
Hugh the Butler
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Miss Rollo
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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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MILLIONS HAVE READ IT!..A Book-Of-The-Month selection...as a Readers' Digest story...as a McCall Magazine serial. (original 6x7.5 newspaper ad) See more »

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13 August 1942 (Mexico)  »

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Sol de Outono  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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 »

Soundtracks

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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