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She Wrote the Book (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 May 1946 (USA)
A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed ... See full summary »

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A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed name. While in the big city, the math prof receives a bump on the head which brings on a form of amnesia. She begins to believe she is the author of the sultry book, and has actually lived its story. Now freed from her inhibitions, the lady professor sashays about with abandon. With a PR man (Jack Oakie) in tow, she crashes a party of swells at the home of a wealthy industrialist (Thurston Hall) and pressures him into making a large contribution to her tiny college back home. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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She wrote the years BLUSHING best-seller... then had to live it... page by burning page

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31 May 1946 (USA)  »

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This would be Gloria Stuart's final acting role until The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) and her final film until My Favorite Year (1982). See more »

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...and lost her mind in the process...
26 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Staid calculus professor Joan Davis finds herself solving the problems of a different angle when she takes on the identity of a scandalous novel and goes from tweed to sequins thanks to a simple bump on the head. Lacking her usual wacky image, Joan provides simply subtle comedy in this comedy of lost identities. Along the way, she meets publisher Jack Oakie, phony Russian count Mischa Auer, flirtatious millionaire Thurstan Hall and dock worker Kirby Grant while really living a life that comes to her out of nowhere.

This finally turns to slapstick at the very end when Joan uses her second life to help keep the college she works for from closing. Already a film veteran, Gloria Stuart has the supporting role of the real author, with Jacqueline De Witt as Hall's gun toting jealous wife. Davis has such a comical image, it's a bit disappointing to see her without the usual slapstick. This plot has been redone several times, most memorably as "American Dreamer" with Jobeth Williams.


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