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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.

Director:

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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Is there a doctor in the house? Yes... in the dog house! See more »

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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

In the car scenes after Tim and June pull away from the Standish Arms doorman, Tim's left arm is inconsistently atop the driver's door, then inside the car, as they converse. See more »

Quotes

Slapcovitch: Doc, there's something on our minds.
Dr. Timothy Sterling: You amaze me, Mr. Slapcovitch. What is it?
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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Sung by an unidentifed singing telegram boy trio with modified lyrics
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Doctor Takes a Wife, The (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Minor but entertaining screwball-comedy about a feminist writer (Loretta Young) and a doctor (Ray Milland) who meet while on vacation but hate each other from the start. After a mix up the media makes a mistake an announces that they were married so the two must pretend to be so that they can keep their careers. There's nothing overly special about this film but it does contain enough laughs to make it entertaining. It was nice seeing Young play a feminist as she's constantly shouting and holding her head up high while at the same time playing the sweet and loving wife as a joke. Her sweetness mixes perfectly well with Milland's dry humor and he really shines with his comic timing. The only really weak segment of the film comes when Milland is rushing between two apartments while trying to keep his girlfriend from finding out Young is in the other apartment. Reginald Gardiner and Gail Patrick add nice support as the editor and Milland's other girl. Edward Van Sloan has a small, thankless role as well.


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