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Love, Honor and Behave (1938)

A woman raises her son Ted to be a good loser, in effect creating a weakling who never asserts himself. Even after marrying his childhood sweetheart Barbara and assuming family obligations,... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Ted Painter
... Barbara Blake
... Jim Blake
... Dan Painter
... Pete Martin
... Sally Painter (as Barbara O'Neill)
... Lisa Blake
... Dr. 'Mac' MacConaghey
... Yale Tennis Coach
... Nan Bowleigh
... Count Humbert
... Ted - as a child
Audrey Leonard ... Barbara - as a child
... Tennis Announcer
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A woman raises her son Ted to be a good loser, in effect creating a weakling who never asserts himself. Even after marrying his childhood sweetheart Barbara and assuming family obligations, Ted cannot bring himself to fight for respect. The worm finally turns when Barbara starts stepping out on her Milquetoast husband, who then turns out not to be so passive after all. All comes full circle in this slyly symmetrical romantic comedy, with the final scene neatly skewering the complications set up in the opening reel. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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12 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Everybody Was Very Nice  »

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The short story upon which this film is based, "Everybody Was Very Nice", by Stephen Vincent Benet, was published in the September 5, 1936 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. See more »

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Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played during the children's mock wedding
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What a terrible message this film sends
12 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was looking forward to seeing this being a huge Priscilla Lane fan plus the chance to see Thomas Mitchell and Barbara O'Neil together a year before they played Gerald and Ellen O'Hara in Gone With The Wind but this turned out to be an odious little number. Not only is it horribly sexist which was not that uncommon of films of the time but the way it advocates physical abuse as something that not only is acceptable but desirable is appalling. It also presents fair play and decency as something to sneer at. This was one of Priscilla's first films and her inexperience shows. She's stiff and not very believable but perhaps it was her discomfort with the selfish, thoughtless and mean spirited character she's stuck playing.

A prime candidate for one of the worst films of the thirties. Skip it.


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