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Skylark (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 21 November 1941 (USA)
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 »


Mark Sandrich


Samson Raphaelson (play), Allan Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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)


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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Added Attraction - Passing Parade ""Forgotten Treasures" & Color Cartoon (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - June 28 1944) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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The hit Broadway production ran 1939-40 for 256 performances with Gertrude Lawrence starring as Lydia, Donald Cook as Tony, and Vivian Vance as nasty Myrtle. See more »


In the island house when Lydia is offering to go to South America with Tony, the reflection of the boom can be seen in the glass window. See more »


Lil - Waitress at Hamburger Stand: [to co-worker who was making advances on her] But you ain't got no boat.
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Blow the Man Down
Performed by Brian Aherne
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Entertaining one-liners
18 August 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

The opening scene of Skylark is hilarious. Claudette catches her husband's pal ordering her anniversary present at a jeweler, since her husband is too busy and nearly forgot. I always like to see Walter Abel in a sizable part, even though in this movie, he gets terribly insulted. He insists not everyone is in an untrusting relationship, and his wife quips back, "Sure I trust you, but look at you!" I don't know why they kept such a mean line in the script, since he's a good-looking man.

But back to the movie: Ray Milland is a workaholic whose wife feels neglected. She's fed up and flirts around with a handsome charmer at a party, Brian Aherne. In the middle of his come-on, Brian correctly assumes that Claudette isn't really interested in him. She wants to "play at meeting him" and then return home grateful for the near-miss. Once challenged, Claudette leans back and says, "Okay, show me the moon." That's not the end of Brian, however. Ray Mi-bland turns out to be too "bland" for Claudette, and she files for divorce while pursuing an affair with the Errol Flynn look-a-like.

This movie is full of funny one-liners, even though I didn't like the way it ended. When they first go out together, Claudette orders her hamburger with onions; Brian orders his without. The waiter rolls his eyes and says, "You might as well order yours 'with', buddy." Later in the movie, when she warms up to the idea of an affair, she smiles at Brian before ordering her hamburger "without". In another scene, Ray argues with Claudette over the monotony of marriage, insisting she can't have ecstasy all the time. It's like eating caviar three times a day, he argues. "If I liked caviar, I'd eat it three times a day," she quips back.

If you like domestic comedies, you'll probably like this one. You've got a beautiful leading lady, a handsome leading man, and a "bland" husband trying to win her back. Just kidding; Ray is a cutie, too. But Brian is the star of the show. He's wise, smooth, and also extremely nice. In other words, he's completely unrealistic!

DLM Warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie might not be your friend. In the end when Claudette is on a boat, the camera bobs and tilts, and that will make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"

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21 November 1941 (USA) See more »

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Alondra del cielo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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