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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.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writer:

Lionel Houser (original screen play)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casada com Ninguém See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thompson says he wants to get back to Wapakoneta, Ohio - which is a real town in the western part of the state, best known as the birthplace of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. It is also the birthplace of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who won for The Informer (1935). See more »

Goofs

The neon sign over the gaming establishment is Play Palace, but the sign painted on the glass over the front door is Play Place, both identifications appearing in the same shot, at the same time; it was also used the previous year in another Myrna Loy film, Lucky Night. . See more »

Quotes

Jeff Thompson: When I paint an Ohio cow, I'm the only one that has to like it, but if I paint a society cow, she has to like it.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
In the score after Margot leaves Jeff
Hummed by Myrna Loy
Reprised as background music in the score
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A light romantic comedy
8 August 2012 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas sparkle in this lightweight romantic comedy. Obviously, the ring on the third finger of the left hand means a gal is married. Myrna Loy is not married, she is an editor who is a 'career gal' at an influential New York-based fashion magazine. But she claims to be married, and her husband is always 'away' and no one has met him. She has increasing difficulty maintaining this fiction, however. Melvyn Douglas discovers the truth and impersonates the non-existent husband, to amusing and sometimes hilarious effect. Well, you can guess the rest. Fun to watch because of Loy and Douglas, though not a masterpiece by any means.


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