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The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 July 1940 (Mexico)
A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

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Alexander Hall

Writers:

George Seaton (screen play), Ken Englund (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... June Cameron
Ray Milland ... Dr. Timothy Sterling
Reginald Gardiner ... John Pierce
Gail Patrick ... Marilyn Thomas
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Lionel Sterling
Frank Sully ... Slapcovitch
Gordon Jones ... O'Brien
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Jean Rovere
Charles Halton ... Dr. Streeter
Joseph Eggenton Joseph Eggenton ... Dr. Nielson
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Dean Lawton
Chester Clute ... Johnson
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Charlie
Edward Van Sloan ... Burkhardt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Gilliam Ralph Gilliam
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Storyline

June Cameron has written a best seller about spinsters: women are men's equals and don't need them for fulfillment. Through a series of errors and misunderstandings, the press believes she's married Tim Sterling, a university instructor she's just met. Her publisher wants to let the mistake go uncorrected for a few weeks so she can write a best seller about being married; Tim cooperates because, in hidebound academia, being married may help with a promotion. The flies in the ointment are June and Tim's instant enmity, Tim's stubbornness, and his girlfriend Marilyn, who may not let the charade play out. There's no way everyone can get what they want. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Romance Is Contagious! The Fun Is Catching! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1940 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

El doctor se casa See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was meant to star Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. See more »

Goofs

At the Lakeside Lodge counter, Dr. Timothy Sterling asks June Cameron to lower her voice so he can hear on the phone. The phone wire is draped over the far corner of the counter. In the next frames the cord is across the whole counter. See more »

Quotes

June Cameron: You know, a discussion on the mayelin sheath of the cerebrospinal nerve fiber is good any time.
Dr. Timothy Sterling: Where did you pick that up?
June Cameron: Oh, I've been looking through some of our wedding presents.
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Crazy Credits

Credits are written in chalk on the sidewalk as pedestrians walk over them. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played for a church wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut
Later sung by an unidentifed singing telegram boy quartet with modified lyrics
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Just don't watch it with a migraine!
15 April 2011 | by abcj-2See all my reviews

The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) is not a movie to watch when you're on the downside (or any side) of a migraine. The "meet cute" in this Ray Milland and Loretta Young farce doesn't go easy on the ears in the first few scenes. I had to turn it off and try again later. I'm so glad I did because I discovered a real gem.

Yes, you could insert Cary Grant and Irene Dunne and this movie would probably still be known today. But that was not to be and doesn't really matter once these two stop screaming at each other. When they do, they play quite well together and have great chemistry.

Milland is extremely dashing and handsome. He's also very expressive and his comic timing and minor slapstick ability really shine. Interestingly, he's a doctor doing research on migraines and the medical jargon used is accurate. Loretta Young is always lovely, yet even she allows herself to get a little harried for the sake of the role. She's the feminist that finds herself in a pickle of a marriage ruse and is encouraged by her publisher to play along.

Edmund Gwenn leads a terrific supporting cast and, as Milland's father, plays matchmaker as he often does. There are a few scenes that were so funny that I went straight for the rewind button. The two goofy football players set up one of the greatest. Of course, there's the fiancé, deadlines, meetings, pride, and all of the typical ploys to throw a wrench in a possible relationship. This is a romcom and a great one at that, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions. Suffice it to say that it has an ending I really adored and then went straight for the rewind button yet again.


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