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Release Date:
21 November 1941 (USA) See more »
As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Claudette Colbert ... Lydia Kenyon

Ray Milland ... Tony Kenyon

Brian Aherne ... Jim Blake

Binnie Barnes ... Myrtle Vantine

Walter Abel ... George Gore

Grant Mitchell ... Frederick Vantine

Mona Barrie ... Charlette Gorell

Ernest Cossart ... Theodore
James Rennie ... Ned Franklyn
Leonard Mudie ... Jewelry Clerk

Warren Hymer ... Big Man in Subway Car
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Small Man in Subway Car
Edward Fielding ... Scholarly Man in Subway Car
Leon Belasco ... Long-Haired Man in Subway Car

Irving Bacon ... Ferryman (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
May Boley ... Fat Woman in Subway Car (uncredited)
Butch ... Dog (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Member of Theatre Audience (uncredited)

Patricia Farr ... Lil - Waitress at Hamburger Stand (uncredited)

Fritz Feld ... Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Subway Guard (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ... Member of Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)

Margaret Hayes ... Blake's Receptionist (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Diner (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Jeweler (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Harrison - Travel Agent (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Man in Front of Tony in Subway (uncredited)

Ella Neal ... Usherette (uncredited)
William Newell ... Counterman (uncredited)

Frank Orth ... Subway Cashier (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Man Behind Tony in Subway (uncredited)

Keith Richards ... Counterman at Second Hamburger Stand (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Bartender (uncredited)

Virginia Sale ... Woman in Subway Car (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Woman in Subway Car (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Member of Theatre Audience (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zion Myers 
Samson Raphaelson  play and novel
Allan Scott 

Produced by
Mark Sandrich .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang 
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Irene (Miss Colbert's gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Epstein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Richard Olson .... sound recordist
Loren L. Ryder .... chief sound engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Rudd Weatherwax .... dog trainer: Butch (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 2, 1942 with Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland and Brian Aherne reprising their film roles.See more »
Continuity: When Tony is hitting golf balls lined up on a mat (and nearly hits George while doing so), he starts with 6 and hits 4 of them. But when the camera cuts back to the balls, it shows 3 remaining.See more »
Lil - Waitress at Hamburger Stand:[to co-worker who was making advances on her] But you ain't got no boat.See more »
Blow the Man DownSee more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Cheese going bad, 31 August 2014
Author: lanlguy from United States

I like these actors in most everything I've seen them in, but this one has a whiff of cheese going bad in the fridge. Ray Milland is psychotic over his search for financial success and kicks his wife around like a dog. Colbert has lost her mind and her self-respect as she whimpers fondly around him hoping for a pat on the head. And then things turn weirdly comic as Brian Aherne drops in to distract her.

A divorce seems comfortably inevitable; she and Aherne seem soul mates for sure, until Colbert's own psychosis turns her back towards a scheming Milland. Me oh my, who will she choose? Is anyone following this? I could have used cue cards for applause and hissing because the director didn't know where this thing was going. And it didn't get there.

This mishmash was not fun, and now I've got to carve off the mold to salvage a single bite of cheddar goodness. One of the few times I've rated a film at less than the user average, but at only 103 voters, this fuzzy stinker seems to have kept most of them out of the fridge.

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