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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 Patsy O'Byrne ... Hotel Maid
Charlie Hall 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

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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 »

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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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young Lucille Ball
16 November 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Andrew Hinklin (James Ellison) and Clara Fields (Lucille Ball) graduate from college in 1935 and get married. Neither are social people and she's concerned about their stale marriage. It doesn't help that they're living with her bitter mother. He's a meek straight-laced accountant forced by his superiors to take out wild boss' son Battincourt from the London office. Clara is not happy with drunken Andrew. Battincourt has his own idea of helping.

This is an old comedy which isn't that funny. Humor is a fickle master and it doesn't always age well. The most fascinating aspect is a young Lucille Ball. She's in her late twenties here. This is one of her numerous B-movies before finally climbing to the top. Clara is a bit of a wet blanket but she gets to grow and Ball also gets to play doppelganger Mercedes Vasquez. I just can't get over how young she looks. She is so different here that it's hard to say that her future is inevitable. All I can say is that she has a compelling presence and a good range.


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