A man's marriage suffers when he pretends to be a bachelor while promoting "his" best-selling book about married life (actually written by an eccentric professor) in order to pay off a debt to a gangster.
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Randolph Haven (Robert Young), an irresponsible sort, and his wife Norma (Ruth Hussey), have been married for seven years and still very much in love, although Norma is dissatisfied with their hand-to-mouth life style and gets a job as a saleslady. Randolph, seeking an easier pursuit, goes into partnership with a bookie and, in order to cover a bet, sells a manuscript on "The Psychology of Marriage", a situation that is fraught with problems, not the least being in that he didn't write the book, and that he also has to pose as a bachelor. He begins to believe in his fake personality to the extent he insists on living in a penthouse. Then the publisher falls in love with Norma, not knowing she is married to Randolph, the bachelor expert on marriage.Written by
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The main problem I had with this film was casting Robert Young for such a role. While I do enjoy seeing him play against type in some films (such as in "They Won't Believe Me" where he played a womanizer who plans on murdering his wife), here I just had a hard time believing him. Young plays Randy Haven--a guy who goes to work as a bookie! When a horse unexpectedly wins, he and his partner are in trouble because they don't have enough to pay off. This is compounded because the client (Sheldon Leonard) is a tough guy who certainly will make them pay if they don't pay...get it?! So, the pair go in search of money. One client who owes them is a professor (Felix Bressart) who cannot pay but instead gives them a book he's written--with a bachelor's view on marriage. Well, with no other prospects for money, Randy markets the book and gets a ridiculously lucrative offer to publish it (my wife, who has published quite a few books had a good laugh at this!). However, the publisher thinks that the guy pretending to be the author (Randy) is a bachelor himself--and offer him not only money but a radio show that's contingent on him being single. So, his wife (Ruth Hussey) has to pretend to be his secretary...which is a problem when she finds another man falling in love with her!
If this all sounds quite contrived, it is. However, it's also a breezy little film that you can still enjoy provided you don't think too much about the silly plot! Worth seeing? Perhaps. But not one you should hate yourself for missing! But, if you do see it, watch for the wonderful scene where Randy translates between the gangster (Leonard) and the author (Bressart)--it's awfully cute.
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