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Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 11 October 1940 (USA)
A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications ensue when she meets a potential suitor.


Robert Z. Leonard


Lionel Houser (original screen play)


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Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Margot Sherwood Merrick
Melvyn Douglas ... Jeff Thompson
Raymond Walburn ... Mr. Sherwood
Lee Bowman ... Philip Booth
Bonita Granville ... Vicky Sherwood
Felix Bressart ... August Winkel
Donald Meek ... Mr. Flandrin
Ann Morriss ... Beth Hampshire
Sidney Blackmer ... Hughie Wheeler
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Sam
Halliwell Hobbes ... Burton


Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the deception and decides to show up at Margot's family home posing as her husband! Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Such Fun! Such Romance! IT'S WONDERFUL!




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Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casada com Ninguém See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 4 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 18 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 4 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it finally aired 8 July 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


When Jeff Thompson appears he is holding some neck ties in his left hand as he is talking to a member of the ship's crew. When he turns around in the next shot he is seen placing an oil painting down with several others. The neck ties disappeared and in their place a painting materialized. See more »


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Despite knowing how it MUST end, the film is a lot of fun.
20 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Margot Merrick (Myrna Loy) is a big-time magazine editor. She's also married...or so she tells folks! This is because she loves her job and doesn't want male co-workers making passes at her or publisher's wives getting jealous--so in desperation she has a friend send letters from her supposed husband as he travels about the world on business! It's a sad state of affairs that back then a plot like this would make sense!

Along the way, Margot accidentally hurts the business prospects of an artist, Jeff (Melvyn Douglas). Fortunately, she makes it up to him and she goes her way. Later, when he's bored, he calls her. After all, he's in the city on business and has some spare time. They go out and have a fine time. However, later she tells him he's married--and she does it in a manner that is pretty nasty. But her story is very inconsistent and Jeff soon realizes there is no husband...and he wants to teach her a lesson. So, he shows up at her house and announces he is Mr. Merrick! What can she do? After all, she HAS told everyone she's married and she can't just tell everyone he isn't the guy!

Both Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas were wonderful in light comedies-- and here they are up to form. However, Loy was much tougher to like and her 'cheap girl' imitation near the end is a bit hard to take. There also is a very interesting scene with Jeff's lawyer. Overall, well written and very enjoyable. It's only deficit is that you KNOW exactly where the film will end! But the journey sure is fun!

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