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I Take This Woman (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1940 (USA)
A doctor (Spencer Tracy) marries a suicidal woman (Hedy Lamarr) but begins to doubt her fidelity.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II), Frank Borzage (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Charles MacArthur (original story), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Karl Decker
Hedy Lamarr ... Georgi Gragore
Verree Teasdale ... Madame Marcesca
Kent Taylor ... Phil Mayberry
Laraine Day ... Linda Rodgers
Mona Barrie ... Sandra Mayberry
Jack Carson ... Joe
Paul Cavanagh ... Bill Rodgers
Louis Calhern ... Dr. Duveen
Frances Drake ... Lola Estermont
Marjorie Main ... Gertie
George E. Stone ... Sid
Willie Best ... Sambo
Don Castle ... Ted Fenton
Dalies Frantz ... Joe Barnes
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Storyline

Georgi has attempted suicide in reaction to an earlier love affair. Now that Dr. Decker has married her he sets out to get her to love him. To make enough to give her what she wants he becomes physician to the rich, abandoning his clinic services to the poor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Gentlemen of the Jury: Our case rests. The power and ability of a great studio is again revealed in the case of "I TAKE THIS WOMAN"

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,271,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Carson is credited onscreen but has only one short scene yelling in a subway. His voice is clearly dubbed, probably because he couldn't be at the retakes. See more »

Goofs

When Georgi declines an apple from a street vendor, she says, "No, thank you very much", but her lips keep moving after the line - an obvious dub. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Karl Decker: Georgi, just let me love you. That'll be enough for a mug like me. Don't worry, I don't want a front seat. Just let me in out of the rain.
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Connections

Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Rendezvous in Rio
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Written by Ormond Ruthven
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watch it for hedy
18 March 2006 | by cheesepleaseSee all my reviews

I liked this movie; it's one of those sentimental movies I like to watch late at night. The reason this film works is Hedy Lamarr. She is a jewel. Naive and vulnerable, she makes bland look exotic. The plot is classic Hollywood melodrama. Spencer Tracy plays the fatherly role he often plays. Their chemistry together is questionable. But I think the key to the romance of this movie is the portrayal of each character's individual experience of love and infatuation, and how obsessive love is not about the relationship but how each person feels. For this reason Tracy and Lamarr's purported disconnect off the set may work to the film's advantage.


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