A doctor (Spencer Tracy) marries a suicidal woman (Hedy Lamarr) but begins to doubt her fidelity.


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


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





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


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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He's a Man-in-White, sworn to give his life to humanity! She's a Lady-in-Ermine, used to taking what she wants! And when they meet...it's an emotional explosion! (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 15 March 1940) See more »


Drama | Romance


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This film was first telecast in Cincinnati Monday 7 January 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY); it first aired in Los Angeles 4 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Chicago 7 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 24 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 30 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 6 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Kansas City MO 4 May 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5), and in both Syracuse NY and Portland OR 25 May 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8) and on KGW (Channel 8) ; it was telecast in Minneapolis 9 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), but it was not seen in San Francisco until 17 August 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City until 2 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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 »


Madame Marcesca: That's the secret of selling: tell a woman what she wants and get away before her husband has a chance to say no.
Dr. Karl Decker: I couldn't sell cheese to a rat.
Madame Marcesca: Leave the rats to me.
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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by clinic patients at the end
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Hedy was a jewel
31 May 2000 | by bruno-32See all my reviews

The film is pleasant enough, with Tracy and Laraine Day. But Hedy, was a jewel. That opening scene where she is in her satin gown, with that perfect figure, contemplating suicide, was really a sight. I squirmed when Tracy had to sock that gorgeous puss, in order to prevent her suicide, as if anyone would want to disfigure that face. Being Italian, when she had to speak it to a distraught Italian women, the words were very authentic. I thought she was really Italian, until later I found out she mastered 6 languages. No wonder she had the brains to invent that product for guiding torpedo's during the war, and now put to use in cell phones. Some reviewers here made comments that Tracy and Lamarr didn't get along...that is not true. In fact, they made 2 other movies together after this. If there was a problem, Tracy had enough clout to tell MGM, he would not make another movie with Lamarr. The word got around that Hedy was new to American movie making, and also, new to the English language. Read Chas. Boyer bio where it is said that there were problems with her English in "Algiers", so they limited her dialogue. But as we all know, Hedy mastered the language as well as 5 others... .but the problem with Tracy was that she couldn't grasp Tracy's mumbling and fast talking as he has shown in so many of his movies. Imagine if she had to appear with Brando, the king of mumblers. There is a candid photo of them together during recess of making "Tortilla Flat"...a very intimate scene...on Ebay. See this movie for the jeweled Hedy.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

2 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Take This Woman See more »


Box Office


$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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