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Turnabout (1940)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 17 May 1940 (USA)
Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

Director:

Hal Roach

Writers:

Thorne Smith (novel), Mickell Novack (screen play) (as Mickell Novak) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolphe Menjou ... Phil Manning
Carole Landis ... Sally Willows
John Hubbard ... Tim Willows
William Gargan ... Joel Clare
Verree Teasdale ... Laura Bannister
Mary Astor ... Marion Manning
Donald Meek ... Henry
Joyce Compton ... Irene Clare
Inez Courtney ... Miss Edwards
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Pingboom
Marjorie Main ... Nora
Berton Churchill ... Julian Marlowe
Margaret Roach ... Dixie Gale
Ray Turner ... Mose
Norman Budd ... Jimmy
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Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

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Taglines:

IT'S GOING TO BE A MESSED-ED EVENT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matrimonio al revés See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Polly Ann Young, who plays Miss Twill is the older sister of film star Loretta Young. See more »

Quotes

Henry: I'm very, very nervous about the whole thing. She wants to climb that flagpole and put up this aerial.
Marie: And she wants us to help?
Henry: Yes, and I really think she ought to have a net under her.
Nora: She ought to have a net *over* her if you ask me.
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Connections

Version of Turnabout (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Margie
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson
Lyrics by Benny Davis
Sung by a chorus on radio with modified lyrics
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Carole Landis was Outstanding
21 June 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This Hal Roach production from 1940 is a great comedy with outstanding actors and plenty of laughs. There is a sex change and body swapping between a husband and wife, the wife role is played by Carole Landis,(Sally Willows), "I Wake Up Screaming" and the husband is performed by John Hubbard, (Tim Willows). These two married couples have a statue of a Buddha which has magical powers and seems to be getting tired of this couple arguing about each other, so he offers this couple a chance to change their sex in order for the wife to perform her husbands duties at the office and the husband will perform the duties of the wife at home. In this household there is a great Dane dog and a bear cub running all around their dwellings. Sally Willows even climbs a flag pole in order to put up an Aeriel. William Gargan, (Joel Clare) and Mary Astor gave great supporting roles. Carole Landis gave a great performance through out the entire picture and was very young and beautiful in this film.


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