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Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 October 1941 (USA)
Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Dorothy Fields (screen play), Herbert Fields (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... Senior
Gloria Swanson ... Leslie Collier
John Howard ... Junior
Desi Arnaz ... Carlos
Helen Broderick ... Aunt Julie
Florence Rice ... Enid
Neil Hamilton ... Vincent Stewart
Grady Sutton ... Tailor
George Meader George Meader ... Henderson (as George Meador)
Mary Treen ... Secretary
Ruth Dietrich Ruth Dietrich ... Miss Patterson
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Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is going to marry Leslie Collier, the famous stage star, and Junior and his wife Enid are horrified and expect the worse from the hot-tempered father and the volatile actress. They have been married only five minutes before they have a quarrel, and have to be carried out of the house to begin a sea-voyage honeymoon. Carlos, a penniless stowaway with a high opinion of his singing ability, is invited to stay with Senior and his bride when they return to New York, the idea that sponsoring Carlos' career will give Leslie the limelight she promised to fore-go when she married Senior. The routine of arranging Carlos' debut disrupts the Osborne home and Senior goes home to the children. To save Senior's marriage, Junior and Enid invite Carlos to stay in their home. Junior too soon stalks out. Senior and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

A Thrill for You -- GLORIA IS BACK in a honey of a comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Papá se casa 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gloria Swanson requested that her former costumer, René Hubert, design her gowns. See more »

Goofs

Ruth Dietrich is billed onscreen as "Miss Patterson", but it is secretary 'Mary Treen' who is called by that name several times. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Adolphe Menjou
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Rather poor movie, but it has one or two good things.
27 March 2012 | by lnoft97See all my reviews

The 'rather poor':

1) Adolph Menjou (in a remarkably dated performance) blustering and actually being downright physically abusive - carping about how glamorous stage actress Gloria Swanson is HIS WIFE NOW, should change her last name to his, etc.. What a ....! Shut! Up! If I could I'd throw a snowball and knock that dumb top hat off his wooden head. 2) How MANY animals were killed to make all those fur coats? It's obscene how many furs are in this movie.

The 'one or two good things':

1) Well, in spite of all the dead animals hanging off her, Gloria Swanson swans about in some hilariously gaudy costumes and hats! Jersey, sequins, One Good Brooch, veils and muffs. 2) Desi Arnaz is in this movie, and he is not only talented and good looking, but the man was, is, and will always be sex on a stick. He is really good (compared with elderly blow hard Adolph Menjou, he's like a different species!)

This is a cheap, loud, black and white, run-of-the-mill "rom-com" of the 40's,interesting for Gloria Swanson's being in it. (and Desi Arnaz). I can't say I enjoyed it, but it's worth a glance for the clothes.


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