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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.

Director:

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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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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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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Where's Mr. Roper?
15 February 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Sort of like an extended Three's Company sketch, except made in the 1930's, 'Misbehaving Husbands' stars Harry Langdon as an overworked oaf who forgets his anniversary and winds up working through the surprise party is wife has organized. What's worse, he gets caught in silhouette with a department store mannequin by some town gossips who are on their way to the party. Soon, rumors spread like wildfire, and one complication leads to another until the wife wants a divorce! This is all put together very nicely, thank you very much, and Harry Langdon does his befuddled Benny Goodman impersonation quite well. There's a few laughs here and there, but this is nothing extraordinary.


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