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I Take This Woman (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 2 February 1940 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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

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:

Esta mujer es mía See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,271,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of all the retakes Spencer Tracy Tracy jokingly referred to the title as "Won't Somebody Take This Woman?" 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: Alcoholic hangovers are much easier to cure. Emotional benders are the tough ones.
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They ReTook Hedy and Spence
9 November 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Hedy Lamarr who may have been kept by more men on screen than any other actress, is again the kept mistress of Kent Taylor, society playboy and general all around rat. On a boat from the Yucatan after Taylor's given her the brush she tries suicide. But Doctor Spencer Tracy saves her from drowning in the Caribbean.

Tracy's quite the all around medical fellow. I guess he never heard the word specialist. He runs a clinic in Manhattan for the poor and his trip was a sideline into medical research. Lamarr and he marry and she tries to introduce him into her world and he even becomes a partner of society doctor Louis Calhern. Of course Kent Taylor reenters the picture and the Hollywood inevitable happens.

Watching I Take This Woman it seemed to me that the writers were very much influenced by Tracy's Oscar winning Boys Town. Unfortunately his role as Doctor Karl Decker ain't a patch on what he did as Father Flanagan. Maybe they were trying to give Father Flanagan a little romance in his life in this film so to speak.

Tracy and Lamarr did not get along too well. In fact this film was dubbed I Retake This Woman because the original director Joseph Von Sternberg walked off the film, presumably because Lamarr was not working out for him the way Marlene Dietrich did. She did Lady of the Tropics and then MGM went back to filming this with their contract director Woody Van Dyke who was known for the speed of his productions. And a whole new supporting cast was brought in.

Fortunately both Spence and Hedy had better roles in store for both of them.


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