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You Belong to Me (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 October 1941 (USA)
A jealous and insecure newlywed man interferes with his wife's medical work in order to prevent her from seeing attractive male patients.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Dalton Trumbo (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Helen Hunt
Henry Fonda ... Peter Kirk
Edgar Buchanan ... Billings
Roger Clark ... Frederick Vandemer
Ruth Donnelly ... Emma
Melville Cooper ... Moody
Ralph Peters ... Joseph
Maude Eburne ... Ella
Renie Riano ... Minnie
Ellen Lowe Ellen Lowe ... Eva
Mary Treen ... Doris
Gordon Jones ... Robert Andrews
Fritz Feld ... Hotel Clerk
Paul Harvey ... Barrows
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Storyline

On a ski trip, rich, idle Peter Kirk pursues and falls (literally) for Helen Hunt, M.D. After a courtship of hypochondria, she agrees to marry him on the condition that she continue to practice medicine. But will jealous Peter be able to reconcile himself to his wife's seeing male patients? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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ONE MAN'S MATE IS ANOTHER MAN'S POISON! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wesley Ruggles' You Belong to Me See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the August 13, 1941 edition of The Hollywood Reporter, additional scenes with Fritz Feld, who plays the hotel clerk, were shot after principle photography on the film had been completed. See more »

Quotes

Billings: Imagination is a wonderful thing; without it, women would wither like prunes.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2007) See more »

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A real loser
1 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"You Belong to Me" is a 1941 comedy - I think - starring Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck, with a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and directed by Wesley Ruggles. The story concerns a female doctor (Stanwyck) who impulsively marries a millionaire. His jealousy toward her male patients is obsessive and causes embarrassment and trouble immediately.

If anyone but top stars had been in this, it would have gotten a 4 from me. Boy, is it bad. Fonda and Stanwyck are such an attractive, delightful couple. They're wasted here in an absurd story. The Stanwyck character would have dumped this guy in 24 hours in real life.

The story does point up the change in our society's values. The Fonda character has money and is considered by himself and his wife completely useless. She has a successful practice - guess what happens to her resolve to keep that going in 1941. The philosophy stated in the film is that the only reason to exist in the world is to be useful. Well, Mother Teresa felt that way. Does Paris Hilton? Stanwyck and Fonda dream of living in a small apartment with a Murphy bed and no money rather than the enormous mansion they live in now. Right, Donald Trump and Bill Gates wish for that daily.

Someone on this board said in their subject matter "this hasn't worn well." It really hasn't. Part of it is the world's fault; the rest of it is the script's. Skip it.


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