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The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 28 April 1942 (USA)
Christopher Reynolds, an American flying with the R.A.F, is shot down over German-occupied Holland and is given shelter by a Dutch family. Posing as the insane husband of the daughter of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Bennett ... Anita Woverman
Franchot Tone ... Christopher Reynolds
Allyn Joslyn ... Major Zellfritz
Cecil Cunningham ... Countess Oldenburg
Roger Clark ... Keith
Lloyd Corrigan ... Thomas Woverman
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Muller
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Woverman
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Maria Woverman
Erskine Sanford ... Jan
Chester Clute ... Adolphe Bietjelboer
Hans Conried ... Hendrik Woverman
Romaine Callender ... Zanten
Aubrey Mather ... Chief Justice
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Gustav


Christopher Reynolds, an American flying with the R.A.F, is shot down over German-occupied Holland and is given shelter by a Dutch family. Posing as the insane husband of the daughter of the house, Anita Wolverman, Reynolds convinces the German officer quartered there, Major Zellfritz, with the necessity for her divorce decree to be granted. After the court-hearing, Anita, goes to manage a home for retired ladies and, persuaded by Reynolds, tries to gain military information from the German Officer. When her former husband escapes from the insane-asylum his exploits are blamed on Reynolds. With the help of the old ladies and Anita, who "remarries" him, Reynolds escapes to England in a stolen German airplane. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

28 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highly Irregular See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the On The Sets With Reed Johnson Hollywood column, the working title for the film was "Highly Irregular." (San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Sunday 8 February 1942, Volume 48, page 16.) See more »


Major Zellfritz: Arson. Murder. THESE small matters, I could fix.
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At the end the words "The End" appear on the Major's...back end. See more »

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Nazty Nazis
9 August 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Franchot Tone plays an RAF flyer pretending to be a Dutch man in occupied Holland by speaking in his normal voice. Co-star Joan Bennett as a Dutch woman also speaks normally. That's because they're the co-stars in this war/spy comedy during the Second World War. Allyn Joslyn puts on a heavy German accent and speak with a growl over his normal tenor, but he's a Nazi.

Tone has been parachuted in for his mission. He is sheltered by Bennett's family, and is masquerading as her husband, whose divorce from Bennett takes place during the course of the movie; everyone in Holland, you see, hates the German occupation and helps him. Joslyn has a yen for Bennett -- quite natural -- and bullies her in what is supposed to be a funny/stupid manner.

It's the funny/stupid that makes me think this a poor comedy. The humor is the sort one applies to the butt of a joke one hates. It's appropriate for a propaganda comedy during war time, but it doesn't outlast the situation.

There are some good performances in here, particularly by Cecil Cunningham as the calm aristocrat in charge of an old ladies' home. Her performance is made better by the hysteria that infuses the rest of the picture, but it's too little and too late.

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