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Unfinished Business (1941)

Small town girl meets and falls for a playboy type on a train to New York. For him, the fling is over when they arrive, but she continues to carry a torch. She meets and marries his brother... See full summary »

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writer:

Eugene Thackrey (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Nancy Andrews
Robert Montgomery ... Tommy Duncan
Preston Foster ... Steve Duncan
Eugene Pallette ... Elmer
Dick Foran ... Frank
Esther Dale ... Aunt Mathilda
Walter Catlett ... Billy Ross
Richard Davies ... Richard
Kathryn Adams ... Katy
Samuel S. Hinds ... Uncle
June Clyde ... Clarisse
Phyllis Barry ... Sheila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Cordy Henry Cordy
Josephine Whittell ... Wardrobe Woman (unconfirmed)
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Small town girl meets and falls for a playboy type on a train to New York. For him, the fling is over when they arrive, but she continues to carry a torch. She meets and marries his brother, a mismatch which eventually grows into real love. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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How Can There Be a New Love...When the Old Love is Unfinished?

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ansia de amor See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 6, 1941 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Duncan: If you've got something in your system that bothers ya, get rid of it. An inhibition is only a small fact of life that people refuse to face. And later on when you're asleep or, shall we say, slightly relaxed...
Nancy Andrews: Relaxed is a good word.
Tommy Duncan: ...out it pops. The minute you face the fact, it ceases to be an inhibition. Am I making sense, or are these eggs getting the better of me?
Nancy Andrews: I only wish I could get rid of some of my inhibitions sometime when I'm conscious.
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Soundtracks

When You and I Were Young Maggie Blues
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Jack Frost
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Disquieting Film
5 May 2017 | by lbbrooksSee all my reviews

I found this to be a very disquieting film. Not only because it seems to straddle genres between screwball comedy and bittersweet romance but because I simply can't believe Irene Dunne's character. She acts well in this film but I cannot believe that she would let herself succumb to Preston Foster's villainous charms and then carry a torch for him after what we are led to believe is a one night stand. Dunne's character is completely wrapped up in that encounter and she can't believe that the love she imparted will never be returned. She is the only one who can't see that she is just another notch on Preston Foster's belt! And all the while a new love, Robert Montgomery, is ready, willing and able but yet Dunne is oblivious to the depth of his feelings for her. Though she marries him and bears him a child, it is not until the very end of the film that they come full circle as a couple and then only after each has found their own identity--she as a chorus member in the opera and he as a soldier. On the plus side, it is refreshing to watch veteran character actors Eugene Palette and Esther Dale in small but crucial parts, the former providing much needed comic relief. Almost skipped this one entirely, only Miss Dunne's loveliness and Robert Montgomery's acerbic wit saved it.


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