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Love Crazy (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1941 (USA)
A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

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Jack Conway

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William Ludwig (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Steve Ireland
Myrna Loy ... Susan Ireland
Gail Patrick ... Isobel Grayson
Jack Carson ... Ward Willoughby
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Cooper
Sidney Blackmer ... George Renny
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Wuthering (as Sig Rumann)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Dr. Klugle
Donald MacBride ... 'Pinky' Grayson
Sara Haden ... Cecilia Landis
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Bristol
Fern Emmett ... Martha
Joseph Crehan ... Judge
George Meeker ... DeWest
Clarence Muse ... Robert
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Storyline

Steve and Susan Ireland are about to celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary by re-enacting their first date. When Susan's meddling mother interrupts and injures herself. Steve is left to take care of her and when he meets an old flame in the elevator--Susan's mother takes the opportunity to break-up their marriage. She convinces Susan that Steve is cheating on her-Susan files for divorce. Steve has one solution to save his marriage...Pretend he is insane. Written by Kelly

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From blissful kisses to sizzling hisses, they're Mr. and Mrs. again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Folie douce See more »

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Budget:

$889,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Warner Bros. loaned Jack Carson to MGM for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Isobel is trying to hide Steve in her room after he escapes from her husband's shower, a large shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the curtains in front of the large windows out to the patio. See more »

Quotes

Susan Ireland: Hello.
Ward Willoughby: Hello.
Susan Ireland: Say, you *are* good-looking.
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Connections

References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Delightful to Be Married
(1907) (uncredited)
Written by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Anna Held
Played on a record and sung by William Powell in the opening scene
Variations played as background music often
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One of the Best of the Team of Powell and Loy
28 June 2006 | by thunderwaySee all my reviews

Frankly, I just recently discovered this team, besides seeing part of The Thin Man years ago (prior to my interest in classics). TCM played a run of their movies recently (Double Wedding, I Love You Again, Love Crazy).

Of the many comedy teams, I truly like Powell and Loy the best now from all of film history (Close second in modern films is Adam Sandler and Drew Barrimore). It's a case of two people so well in sync; the performances mesh so smoothly in every moment, it becomes real. The perfect rhythms aren't real life, but the way real life should be in marriage.

Possibly its their brand of humor, and certainly the writing makes a difference, but Powell is such a consummate comedian when given any kind of chance (compare My Man Godfrey, passable with Carole Lombard the screwball, where Powell is great to watch even though the script constrains his talent).

Myrna Loy is so brilliant at being funny, intelligent, independent and genuinely loving all at once. Her characters with Powell are dream wives. Like the documentary on her, "So Nice To Come Home To"--could not be stated more perfectly.

Powell's drag performance stunned me. Several more modern examples, which I thought of as definitive, suddenly aren't so original and certainly no better. I would put his acting equal to or better than Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire. My opinion of his acting talent leaped another plateau.

Regardless of its faults mentioned elsewhere, this is the one of the best Powell-Loy pair ups. Loy has a bit less to do, but it would not be worth seeing without her. The supporting cast is sometimes cliché, but they are perfect at it. (And the portrayal of the mental health "professionals" seems madcap and again cliché, but is a bit uncomfortable being so near truth. What happens to Powell is still legal and happens today to sane people that don't fit the norm).

If you like feeling good and watching excellent performances, and having a few belly laughs to boot, don't miss this one.


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