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This Thing Called Love (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 2 January 1941 (USA)
A woman insists to her new husband that they must remain celibate for the first three months of their marriage, which he tries desperately to get around.


Alexander Hall


Edwin J. Burke (based upon the play by) (as Edwin Burke), George Seaton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Ann Winters
Melvyn Douglas ... Tice Collins
Binnie Barnes ... Charlotte Campbell
Allyn Joslyn ... Harry Bertrand
Gloria Dickson ... Florence Bertrand
Lee J. Cobb ... Julio Diestro
Gloria Holden ... Genevieve Hooper
Paul McGrath ... Gordon Daniels
Leona Maricle ... Ruth Howland (as Leona Maride)
Don Beddoe ... Tom Howland
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Diestro
Sig Arno ... Arno


Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months, just to see if they are truly compatible. The husband tries various tricks to lure his wife into bed, but she trumps his every serve. Finally, when she is ready for love, he isn't, having contracted a bad case of poison oak. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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WHEN AN IRRESISTIBLE FORCE MEETS AN IMMOVABLE BODY! (original poster-all caps) See more »




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Author F. Scott Fitzgerald was among the people at the premiere in Los Angeles. This was the last movie he ever saw, as he died of a heart attack the very next day. See more »


Tice Collins: [the phone rings while they're dancing] If Mr. Bell had to invent something, why couldn't it have been a cigar lighter. They never work.
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Remake of This Thing Called Love (1929) See more »


America, The Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyric by Katharine Lee Bates
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Separate Bedrooms
8 September 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Sparkling and funny romantic comedy about a wife who has written an article for insurance companies on "steps to preserve a marriage" - her idea is for the married couple to remain celibate for the first three months of marriage thus giving them a tighter bond or something, before starting on a family. By coincidence she is about to be married herself, so decides to try out this radical concept on her new husband, much to his chagrin. Hubby agrees thinking she will "change her mind", then spends all his time trying to seduce his wife into bed by using such tricks as champagne (Wife: "I can drink glasses and glasses of champagne and never feel a thing" - oops there goes one of his schemes), mood music, etc.

This film is highly amusing, great light entertainment. Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas are so good in this, portraying the newly married couple. By the way, Rosalind gets to wear lots of gorgeous dresses and jewelry in this film - oh what pins! There is a very funny dinner party scene where, for business reasons Melvyn Douglas and his business partners have misled a party guest and his wife, a couple with many children of their own, to believe that Rosalind's character is pregnant. Thus follows all kinds of comedy in pursuit of keeping this couple from spilling the beans to her that they believe she is going to have a baby - and, of course, she is constantly jumping around and lifting heavy chairs and the like. Lots of fun.

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Release Date:

2 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mariée célibataire See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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