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.

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Drama | Romance


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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 »


The Band Played On
(1895) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
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Danced to by Brenda Henderson and Bobby Cooper
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Good Performance By Hedy!
17 November 2005 | by (Lone Pine, CA) – See all my reviews

Hedy Lamarr gave a good performance here. No over-acting, but subtle and with a contemporary feel. This was a difficult role. Marvin Myles, without having the bitch on wheels histrionics of Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, was a beautiful and independent woman, who not only survived but actually thrived in a 'man's world'. This was a performance was balanced and sensitive. I think if George Cukor or William Wyler had handles the directorial reigns here, the results would could have made this a memorable films. As it is, it good. One has to remember that in 1941, this is still a period piece, and if one looks deep enough, there's a lot here that's worthwhile. Too bad that modern audiences seem to rely on non-stop action, and don't seem to have the attention span that this kind of movie requires. It's a pity than at least half a Valium is required to enjoy the warmth that is presented here.

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