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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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Cast

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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)
Phil Brown ...
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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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

The Band Played On
(1895) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Played at the dance class party
Danced to by Brenda Henderson and Bobby Cooper
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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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