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Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups. Soon, she's disillusioned about husband Larry; and one day in the doctor's waiting room she meets pianist Alexander Sebastian, who's even more confused than she is. Can this marriage be saved? Larry has a plan that is pure Lubitsch... Written by
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An enjoyable comedy, set among rich white people in New York in 1940, with wonderful clothes for the women.
As a traditional comedy, it uses stock types. We have the businessman who has become boring (Melvyn Douglas), his wife (the exquisite Merle Oberon) who wants an affair, the young musician (Burgess Meredith) who sweeps her off her feet, and the young secretary (Eve Arden) who secretly adores the businessman.
To be comic, characters exhibit extreme selfishness, pursuing their own desires by manipulating or ignoring other people. We get this in spades from the three principals, forever playing tricks on each other to get what they want next. One of endless examples: the lover scratches the husband's gramophone record after dinner so that he can play the piano instead, only to find that the husband has locked the lid of the piano.
Physical knockabout is another strong element. Two of the best moments are when the wife, stuck for an answer, repeatedly throws a faint and when the husband, told by his lawyer to assault her in front of witnesses, repeatedly fails to slap her face.
What were contemporary jokes are still fun. Psychoanalysis and modern art are targets for satire, also (an in-joke) that New York was being taken over by Hungarians.
Not the overall funniest, most stylish or slickest film around, but a pleasant diversion. Worth watching to see Merle Oberon at her peak.
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