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Dore Schary (screen play)
Manuel Seff (original story)
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Release Date:
29 December 1941 (UK) See more »
HE - ducked the cops and wanted to be a "love expert" to a million wives! (original print ad) See more »
A man's marriage suffers when he pretends to be a bachelor while promoting "his" best-selling book about married life (actually written by an eccentric professor) in order to pay off a debt to a gangster. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Young ... Randolph Haven

Ruth Hussey ... Norma Haven
Felix Bressart ... Professor Ladislaus Milic

Lee Bowman ... Eric Santley

Sheldon Leonard ... Johnny Branigan
Sam Levene ... Cookie Farrar
Murray Alper ... Sleeper
Roy Gordon ... Hudkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Yule ... Waiter (scenes deleted)
Sergei Arabeloff ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Gladys Blake ... Marie - Complaining Wife at Lecture (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Man Vying for Cafe Table (uncredited)
Hillary Brooke ... Hillary Gordon (uncredited)
Frances Carson ... Mrs. Harriet Heflan (uncredited)
Edwina Coolidge ... Haven's Secretary (uncredited)
Inez Cooper ... Glove Customer (uncredited)
Sheila Darcy ... Woman with Fur Stole Helped by Haven (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Salesgirl (uncredited)
Connie Gilchrist ... Mother with Baby on Train (uncredited)
William Haade ... Angry Husband (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Hubbard ... Miss Bailey - Norma's Boss (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Apartment Manager (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Man Vying for Table in Cafe (uncredited)
Kay Linaker ... (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Man on Radio Jury (uncredited)
Douglass Newland ... Mr. Devlin (uncredited)

Charles Ray ... Man in Lounge Room Getting Bagpipes (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Waiter with Tray Spilled on Haven (uncredited)
Natalie Thompson ... Santley's Secretary (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Waiter in Restaurant Bringing Soup (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Black Men's Room Attendant (uncredited)
Gayne Whitman ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Charlotte Wynters ... Margaret Johns (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Buzzell 
Norman Taurog (uncredited)
Writing credits
Dore Schary (screen play)

Manuel Seff (original story)

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton 
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Sol Kaplan (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Hussey
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Roth .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sam Taylor .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry McAfee .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Other crew
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7587)

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When director Edward Buzzell was sidelined with a cold, Norman Taurog temporarily took over as director, and Sam Taylor as assistant director.See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
amusing comedy, 29 May 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Married Bachelor" from 1941 is a light comedy, nothing special, and typical of the era. It sports an attractive, charming cast: Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, Felix Bressart, and Lee Bowman.

Young is Randolph Haven, who won't take a decent job and as a result drives his wife Norma (Hussey) nuts. They're crazy about one another, but Norma is tired of his schemes and wants him to get a 9 to 5 job.

Randolph, always looking for easy money, starts working with a bookie. But a dark horse comes in and they owe $17,000 to someone who, if he doesn't get the money, will have them measured for cement suits.

While going to people who owe the bookie money, Randolph meets a professor (Bressart) who has written, but never published, dozens of books. Randolph takes one, "The Psychology of Marriage," supposedly written by the bachelor professor. It's published, a big hit, and Randolph has to pretend he's not married.

Well, the whole thing gets mixed up. Norma feels as if she's fallen through the cracks, and when the publisher (Lee Bowman) acts interested, for spite, she flirts with him. All very platonic, of course. He doesn't know she's married to Randolph.

Ruth Hussey and Robert Young worked together several times, the last time on an episode of Marcus Welby in 1971. They made a wonderful couple. They were not first tier MGM stars, but they did good work there. The rest of the cast- Bowman, Sheldon Leonard, and especially Felix Bressart, provide solid support.

I'll take issue with one thing posted here. One of the comments was that the poster didn't know how anyone could choose Robert Young over Lee Bowman. Uh, this wasn't a reality show called Wives Who Cheat. When a woman is in love with and committed to her husband, there is no choosing; she doesn't drop her husband because someone else might be better looking. I grew up in the '50s and have a soft spot for Robert Young anyway.

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