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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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One of those gay romantic comedies with plenty of laughs! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - June 28, 1944) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its first telecast took place in Philadelphia Thursday 8 January 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by New York City Tuesday 27 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). It first aired in Milwaukee 15 December 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Asheville 27 December 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Seattle 16 January 1960 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Chicago 13 June 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Francisco 27 November 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5) and in Los Angeles 7 December 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2). Its earliest documented broadcast in St. Louis was not until 12 August 1963 on KMOX (Channel 4). It was released on DVD 28 October 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series and since that time has enjoyed an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


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 »


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
Performed by Brian Aherne
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****** Lite Comedy
13 March 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Or, if you prefer, Comedy Lite, because 'Skylark" is only semi-funny. I can only guess Director Mark Sandrich didn't have a good feel for comedy as several scenes which could have been funny seemed forced and heavy-handed. A Leo McCarey or Mitchell Leisen could have gotten more mileage out of them, but, as is, "Skylark" is unsatisfying and leaves you feeling unfulfilled, like Lite beer or diet soda.

Other reviews recount the plot, but just let me say that the main reason to watch this one is to watch several old pros give their all and try to make a mediocre picture better just by their presence. It belongs mainly to Claudette Colbert, who tries mightily and comes off the best of the principals. She is ably supported by Ray Milland and Brian Aherne, who also do their best. Walter Abel does not come off so well and is better in straight drama parts. And the old pop standard 'Skylark" is apparently not from this picture. I put my star rating in the heading as the website no longer includes them.

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Release Date:

21 November 1941 (USA) See more »

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Alondra del cielo See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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