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Misbehaving Husbands (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 December 1940 (USA)
The owner of a department store is threatened with divorce by his wife, who has gotten reports that he's been seen in the arms of a beautiful blonde on the night of their 20th wedding anniversary. He has to find a way to convince her that the "beautiful blonde" in question was actually a store mannequin that he was taking in for repairs.

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William Beaudine

Writers:

Cea Sabin (original story), Vernon Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Langdon ... Henry Butler
Betty Blythe ... Effie Butler
Esther Muir ... Grace Norman
Ralph Byrd ... Bob Grant
Gayne Whitman ... Gilbert Wayne
Florence Wright Florence Wright ... Nan Blake
Luana Walters ... Jane Forbes
Frank Jaquet ... Wilbur Drake
Charlotte Treadway Charlotte Treadway ... Clara Drake
Gig Young ... Floor Walker (as Byron Barr)
Frank Hagney ... Gooch Mulligan
Hennie Brown Hennie Brown ... Opal
Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell ... Memphis
Fred Kelsey ... Sgt. Murphy
Mary MacLaren ... Gossiping Friend
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The owner of a department store is threatened with divorce by his wife, who has gotten reports that he's been seen in the arms of a beautiful blonde on the night of their 20th wedding anniversary. He has to find a way to convince her that the "beautiful blonde" in question was actually a store mannequin that he was taking in for repairs.

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Hubby Ran Wild Then - Wifey Took Aim!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dummy Husbands See more »

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Production Co:

Jed Buell Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Gig Young (credited as Byron Barr.). See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Slightly Above Average; Would be worse without Langdon
28 November 2017 | by mbanakSee all my reviews

Stories like this bother me, when the resolution of their problems seems so simple to me. Goofy plot about mistaken marital unfaithfulness. Just a little communication would fix all this. It's probably the engineer in me, who resents suspending disbelief in such deep and disturbing ways, just to go along with an improbable story. Anyway, Langdon is always a gem to watch. His acting abilities are broad in scope, and he manages to manufacture yet another character in this talkie. With better direction and a decent budget, this could have been Langdon's Screw Ball Comedy, like Lloyd's "Milky Way," or Hitchcock's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". The fun operates in three realms here. The overacting of the domestic help, behaving in caricature. Then there is Harry fumbling about, this time as a slightly eccentric businessman. And third, we have a young couple (each of them somehow related to Harry and his wife) as they set out to unmask the unscrupulous lawyer, who figures to profit from a needless divorce. This is another must-see for Langdon fans, but I would not show it on classic movie night with the guys.


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