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Love Crazy (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1941 (USA)
A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Ireland
Susan Ireland
Isobel Grayson
Ward Willoughby
Mrs. Cooper
George Renny
Dr. Wuthering (as Sig Rumann)
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Dr. Klugle
Donald MacBride ...
'Pinky' Grayson
Cecilia Landis
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Bristol
Fern Emmett ...


Steve and Susan Ireland are about to celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary by re-enacting their first date. When Susan's meddling mother interrupts and injures herself. Steve is left to take care of her and when he meets an old flame in the elevator--Susan's mother takes the opportunity to break-up their marriage. She convinces Susan that Steve is cheating on her-Susan files for divorce. Steve has one solution to save his marriage...Pretend he is insane. Written by Kelly

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From blissful kisses to sizzling hisses, they're Mr. and Mrs. again! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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23 May 1941 (USA)  »

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Folie douce  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The tenth of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy. See more »


When Isobel is trying to hide Steve in her room after he escapes from her husband's shower, a large shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the curtains in front of the large windows out to the patio. See more »


Steve: The silk ones are happy; they are free. The felt ones are dead.
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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »


It's Delightful to Be Married
(1907) (uncredited)
Written by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Anna Held
Played on a record and sung by William Powell in the opening scene
Variations played as background music often
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William Powell makes a helluva woman
5 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Love Crazy" is a rather uneven comedy starring that wonderful team of Myrna Loy and William Powell, along with Jack Carson and Florence Bates. The film starts out one way - a madly in love couple celebrating their fourth anniversary - and then goes another - divorce court.

When Stephen Ireland (Powell) runs into an old girlfriend (Gail Patrick) living in his building, the fun begins. They spend the evening talking, but due to a variety of circumstances, Susan (Loy) doesn't believe his story and decides to file for divorce immediately. Stephen does everything he can to get his wife back, but as the divorce becomes close to being finalized, he feigns insanity to buy more time.

Powell is great at slapstick, of course, and there's plenty of it as he slips on the rug his mother-in-law (Bates) gave them and swings upside down from trees. The extra little kick here comes from his scenes in drag, which are phenomenal. Powell is perfect as his own sister and even shaved his trademark mustache! One of the funniest scenes occurs when a thread from his fake breast gets caught on the spindle of the record player and unravels.

There's little to be said about Powell and Loy - they are always a delight. Jack Carson has a great role as a neighbor interested in Loy. "Willoughby, Ward Willoughby," is how he introduces himself. He's wonderful. Florence Bates is appropriately annoying. Gail Patrick, with her good looks and magnificent voice, has a part that actually disappears for a good deal of the film, but returns later. She's excellent. But Powell in drag is a revelation and the best thing about the film for me.

I read recently with interest that Don Adams' voice in "Get Smart" was actually modeled on Powell's speaking patterns and pitch. Of course, during this film, I couldn't stop thinking about it and realizing the similarity. Don Adams couldn't have chosen a better model.

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