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You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 May 1940 (USA)
Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Jerome Cady (screen play) (as Jerry Cady), Richard Carroll (story "The Romantic Mr. Hinklin") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
James Ellison ... Andrew 'Hinkie' Hinklin
Robert Coote ... 'Batty' Battincourt
William Halligan William Halligan ... J.R. Gillespie, Sr.
Emma Dunn ... Mother Fields
Virginia Vale ... Sally
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Mama Brentoni
Charles Lane ... Salesman
Oscar O'Shea ... Dr. Emery, Colony College Chaplain
Norman Mayes Norman Mayes ... Porter at Dock
Patsy O'Byrne ... Hotel Maid
Charlie Hall ... Ritz Amsterdam Bellboy
Dell Henderson ... Ritz Amsterdam Manager
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Doolittle
Leo Cleary Leo Cleary ... Mr. Doolittle
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Storyline

Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from London must be entertained, Andrew gets stuck entertaining him - and he Battincourt likes to party. Andrew is only doing his job, but Clara thinks differently and tosses him out. Andrew tries to reason with Clara, but Mother is against him. So Battincourt tries to get them back together by giving Clara the beauty treatment and having a costume party. But Mercedes Vasquez is an identical twin at the same party. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Romantic Mr. Hinklin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Towards the end of the movie, Clara has her anniversary present, the music box, in bed with her. Andrew comes in, the music box shortly disappears. Then, later, they are embracing, and it appears in his hand before he leaves the bedroom. See more »

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Paging Lucy Ricardo...
19 July 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Second-biller from R.K.O. is an early, creaky vehicle for the young Lucille Ball, who had yet to make a big impression in Hollywood. Certainly this picture wasn't going to do it for her, however she's pretty good in the film's early moments. A plain-Jane housewife, whose workaholic accountant husband is assigned to entertain one of the young executives, senses hanky-panky and kicks her spouse out; the executive (for reasons unclear, perhaps guilt) plays matchmaker and devises a plan to bring the lovebirds back together via a ruse: dress Lucy up as a vivacious millionairess from South America! 68-minute throwaway does manage to pack a lot of zany mix-ups into its scenario, but aside from a few amusing sight-gags, it's a dud. This couple doesn't seem to be suffering from the marital blahs at all--they appear to be suffocating under the thumb of the wife's meddlesome mother. Lucy, at one point appearing in a dual role, gets to wear a black wig and talk with an accent, but the writing stymies her (as it does the gaggle of supporting characters, each with his or her own agenda). Director Ray McCarey, brother of Leo, attempts something akin to screwball, but this script has two many screws, none of which are fastened. *1/2 from ****


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