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Our Wife (1941)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 August 1941 (USA)
Jerry Marvin, a talented musician and composer, wallows in drunken self-pity after he is divorced by his wife Babe. Along comes new love Susan, who rescues Jerry and provides him with fresh... See full summary »

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screenplay), Lillian Day (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Melvyn Douglas ... Jerome 'Jerry' Marvin
Ruth Hussey ... Professor Susan Drake
Ellen Drew ... Babe Marvin
Charles Coburn ... Professor Drake
John Hubbard ... Tom Drake
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. Cassell
Theresa Harris ... Hattie
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Jerry Marvin, a talented musician and composer, wallows in drunken self-pity after he is divorced by his wife Babe. Along comes new love Susan, who rescues Jerry and provides him with fresh inspiration to complete his trumpet concerto. He performs it, it's a hit, and the jubilant Jerry and Susan plan to marry. There's just one hitch: Now Babe wants him back... and the unscrupulous ex-wife will stop at nothing to recapture her man. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une femme de trop See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A scheduling conflict also forced Louise Beavers to withdraw from the part of Hattie. See more »

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At the start of the movie, as the liner is cruising along, a "Man Overboard" call goes out. Yet when we're shown the person in the water he is stationary implying that the ship is stopped. Even if they had immediately reversed the engines it would have taken a mile or two and several minutes to bring the liner to a stop. See more »

Quotes

Jerome 'Jerry' Marvin: My wallet... I've been robbed!
Professor Susan Drake: Don't you dare call us thieves.
Jerome 'Jerry' Marvin: I didn't call you thieves.
Professor Susan Drake: You looked at us and shouted "I've been robbed". Willy nilly, you called us thieves.
Jerome 'Jerry' Marvin: I didn't.
Professor Susan Drake: We're willing to pay your fare to Havana and back to Cristobal.
Jerome 'Jerry' Marvin: Look, sister; I've paid my own way ever since I was six. Before that I sponged a little on my father and mother - and I've never quite forgiven myself. The thought of it sometimes drives me to drink.
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Soundtracks

Concerto for Trumpet
Music by Leo Shuken
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Comedy Directed Like It's A Woman's Picture
5 June 2012 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Melvyn Douglas, talented trumpeter, stumbles drunkenly into somewhat stuck-up professor Ruth Hussey's life. She gets Douglas to complete his concerto and clean himself up, but what will she do when estranged wife Ellen Drew returns to the scene, and becomes OUR WIFE?

A lot of pictures made around 1940 -- after the screwball comedy had exhausted itself -- are billed as comedies, but do not seem intended to be terribly funny. This one, made by John M. Stahl, (best known for Leave Her to Heaven and a couple of sudsers remade by Douglas Sirk), has a script that might have one time been a howler, but, by the time Stahl is done with it, plays as a somewhat daft woman's picture with occasional "hilarious" drunk moments. The result, while interesting, is somewhat off, mostly because it takes half the picture to develop the dramatic situation that is the meat of the show, and because said dramatic situation resolves itself way too easily at the end.

But this picture does deserve to be seen. Stahl's very smooth style, frighteningly dispassionate style is distinctive, allows the actors a lot of space, and derives its tension from the acting, rather than flashy camera work or lighting. And the character played by Ruth Hussey is an interesting variant on the spinster professor, and is really humanized by the way Hussey portrays her. Also, a key moment from Leave Her To Heaven is actually foreshadowed in this film (and shot in rather the same way).

If they had only done away with the har de har har drunk moments and the last minute or so, which totally disrupts the movie's tone...


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