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By Your Leave (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 9 November 1934 (USA)
In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Corrigan

Writers:

Gladys Hurlbut (from the play by), Emma B.C. Wells (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... Henry Smith
Genevieve Tobin ... Ellen Smith
Neil Hamilton ... David McKenzie
Marian Nixon ... Andree (as Marion Nixon)
Glenn Anders ... Freddie Wilkins
Gene Lockhart ... Skeets
Margaret Hamilton ... Whiffen
Betty Grable ... Frances
Charles Ray ... Leonard Purcell
Lona Andre ... Florence Purcell
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Storyline

In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a show girl and a paid escort, while she reacquaints herself with a childhood friend, now a famous explorer. Both get more than they bargained for. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three cast members listed in contemporary news items did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were: Erik Rhodes, Hilda Vaughn and Sheila Terry. See more »

Goofs

Glenn Anders' onscreen credits lists his character name as Freddie Wilkins, but he's called Freddie Clark throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Henry Smith: [tasting a stiff drink] Seems to be a little kick to this horse.
Whiffen: You must've drunk the hind legs first.
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Soundtracks

Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(ca 1870) (uncredited)
(Cornell University's alma mater)
Music (from the song "Annie Lisle") by H.S. Thompson (1857)
Lyrics by Archibald Croswell-Weeks and Wilmot Moses Smith (ca 1870)
Sung a cappella by Gene Lockhart
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I love the way your generation waltzes
22 November 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Mid-life crisis movie about a guy (Frank Morgan) who proposes the idea to his wife (Genevieve Tobin) that they take separate "no questions asked" vacations. Subject matter could have lent itself to one of those melodramatic weepers from the period but it all stays fairly light. The plot is contrived and not ever as interesting as it sounds on paper. Morgan's stammering performance wears thin pretty fast. Genevieve Tobin plays the wife and looks quite a bit younger than Morgan. They were nine years apart in real life. She was a lovely actress whose face reminds me a little of Joan Blondell. Neil Hamilton (always Commissioner Gordon to me) plays the guy Tobin becomes interested in. Worth a gander for a very young and very adorable Betty Grable. She's almost unrecognizable and had I not been tipped off by another review pointing her out, I doubt I would have realized it was her.


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