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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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[last lines]
Sam: Looks like the case is closed!
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Jazz version played during the opening credits
Played by the band at the Wapakoneta, Ohio railroad station
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Steps into the role of husband
20 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I suppose by 1940 the public and the critics just were used to seeing Myrna Loy with William Powell. At least that's what it said in the Citadel Film series book on Myrna Loy's films. In any event I think that the public and the critics gave short shrift to this film that had her co-starring with Melvyn Douglas. They have some funny moments together.

Third Finger Left Hand has Myrna Loy as a successful career woman a type that Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell essayed in their sleep. It's curious because today this would be unthinkable, but to guard against both jealous wives and horny men both married and single, Myrna keeps a wedding ring in the proper place as the title indicates. It works maybe all too well as there are no men in her life nor prospects of same.

That doesn't deter free spirit itinerant painter Melvyn Douglas who in a hail mary type move pretends to be the husband she pretends she has. That makes it all real hard to explain to her family like her father Raymond Walburn, sister Bonita Granville, and young attorney Lee Bowman who would like to be the man in her life.

There are two really funny moments the first belongs to Myrna who when at Niagara Falls Douglas runs into some straight laced folks from his small Ohio hometown, Myrna turns the tables on him and with her impression of a gun moll really mortifies those poor people.

The second is when on a train Douglas drafts a Pullman porter played by Ernest Whitman as an attorney. Whitman actually has studied law and goes head to head with Lee Bowman and it's a draw.

Despite only so-so reviews Third Finger Left Hand is a real comedy gem and a great film credit for its stars.

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