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Lonely Wives (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 February 1931 (USA)
A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.

Director:

Russell Mack

Writers:

A.H. Woods (play), Walter DeLeon (story and dialogue) (as Walter De Leon)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Everett Horton ... Richard 'Dickie' Smith / Felix, the Great Zero
Esther Ralston ... Madeline Smith
Laura La Plante ... Diane O'Dare
Patsy Ruth Miller ... Kitty 'Minty' Minter
Spencer Charters ... Andrews, the Butler
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Mantel
Maurice Black ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esposas solitarias See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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All 3 actresses lived to be 91 See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dickie' Smith: [pouring brandy into glass] You're quite sure that this is fit for a lady?
Andrews, the Butler: That will fit anybody, sir.
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Madeline
Composer unknown
Sung on a record
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Laura La Plante makes the film worthy
13 February 2003 | by jdeamaraSee all my reviews

While intending to be humorous, "Lonely Wives" is more laborious than anything else. It's bright spot is the beautiful, expressive Laura La Plante. Laura's scenes provide the most laughs, not surprising since of the cast, she is the actress who seems most comfortable with comedy.

Edward Everett Horton, while decent, is a bit unconvincing in the dual role, as the two characters he plays are completely alike. Often in a movie, one Horton character is irritating; here there are two, and at times it's downright excruciating!

I'd recommend seeing this movie only if you like the actors involved. It was released on DVD in 2000 from the Roan group in the worst transfer I ever saw from them. Risque elements in the film include seeing Patsy Ruth Miller, Horton's secretary, in the shower; Laura La Plante in a number of revealing outfits including her slip; and loads of sexual innuendo. All in all, I rate the film 6/10, predominantly because of Laura La Plante!


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