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Skylark (1941)

As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business. Just at the moment when she is trying to... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Zion Myers, Samson Raphaelson (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Lydia Kenyon
Ray Milland ... Tony Kenyon
Brian Aherne ... Jim Blake
Binnie Barnes ... Myrtle Vantine
Walter Abel ... George Gorell
Grant Mitchell ... Frederick Vantine
Mona Barrie ... Charlette Gorell
Ernest Cossart ... Theodore
James Rennie ... Ned Franklyn
Leonard Mudie ... Jewelry Clerk
Warren Hymer ... Big Man in Subway Car
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Small Man in Subway Car
Edward Fielding ... Scholarly Man in Subway Car
Leon Belasco ... Long-Haired Man in Subway Car
Irving Bacon ... Ferryman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

As her fifth wedding anniversary approaches, a woman realizes that she is fed up with always coming in second to her husband's advertising business. Just at the moment when she is trying to decide what to do, she meets a handsome attorney, and their innocent flirtation begins to turn into something a bit more serious. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alondra del cielo See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount Pictures production numbers 1288 and 1893 (for West Coast and New York offices). See more »

Goofs

When Tony is hitting golf balls lined up on a mat (and nearly hits George while doing so), he starts with 6 and hits 4 of them. But when the camera cuts back to the balls, it shows 3 remaining. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: [Mr. Gorell sits down at the bar, with a bad hangover] Good afternoon, Mr. Gorell.
George Gorell: Please, speak softly... Just give me something to cure or kill. It really doesn't make any difference.
Bartender: Hangover?
George Gorell: [Grimacing, slowly removing his hat] Longer than the Burma Road.
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Blow the Man Down
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Performed by Brian Aherne
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Light-hearted Comedy
14 September 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Lydia and Tony Kenyon (Claudette Colbert and Ray Milland) are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Their relationship now contains about as much excitement as a straight line. Along comes Jim Blake (Brian Aherne), providing a point of conflict that defines a love triangle.

This is not a drama. The story comes from a play and its comedy is probably best appreciated if seen as Shakespearean. Blake is a passive-aggressive "Puck" who constantly picks at the relationship's frayed edges. A marriage is in the balance, but the characters banter wittily as if discussing the correct price for a cow. Lydia and Tony could have been played by Myrna Loy and William Powell.

The writing is clever and enjoyable. The characters are fun to watch. If you can let the story just be what it is, you might enjoy it. Suspend disbelief and engage your sense of humor. Otherwise, you might be tempted to think this film makes light of wifely dissatisfaction.


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