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The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)

Jennifer Smith heads a "Consumer Reports"-type company and her reputation for honesty is her greatest asset. While out boating one day she encounters a secret prototype submarine piloted by... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Jerome Gruskin (story "The Octopus and Miss Smith") (as Jerry Gruskin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jane Wyman ... Jennifer Smith
Dennis Morgan ... Bill Craig
Eve Arden ... Susan Wayne
Robert Douglas ... John Tyson
Allyn Joslyn ... Ralph Whitcomb
Tom Tully ... Henry Duckworth
Lina Romay ... Racquel Riviera
William Frawley ... Oliver Harker
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Jennifer Smith heads a "Consumer Reports"-type company and her reputation for honesty is her greatest asset. While out boating one day she encounters a secret prototype submarine piloted by Bill Craig. Trying to explain her absence after her boat sinks becomes very difficult as Bill and his cohorts attempt to discredit her story. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1950 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Até Parece Mentira See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to some sources, Jack Lemmon debuted in the movies with this film playing a minimal and uncredited role as a plasterer/painter. See more »

Goofs

When the paint brush flips up into Tyson's face, the fishing line used is visible on the front of his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Smith: But you've got to give me that film! My whole repuation is at stake on account of that film!
Bill Craig: You shouldn't pose for such pictures, Miss Smith.
[waggles finger at her]
Bill Craig: Naughty, naughty!
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Connections

Referenced in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 1 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me Sweet
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Drake
Played when Jennifer is going through Bill's car
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Classy-Looking Bore
4 December 2014 | by glofauSee all my reviews

The concept for this romantic comedy is kind of interesting: consumer-protection-expert Jane Wyman gets picked up by submariner Dennis Morgan on a secret mission and finds herself discredited by government misinformation. Wyman and Morgan are charming, ably supported by Allyn Joslyn, Robert Douglas and Eve Arden as comic foils. William Frawley has an amusing bit as the representative of the Liar's Club. Michael Curtiz' direction is efficient, the Max Steiner score is effective and excellent, the production is beautiful and beautifully photographed. Jane Wyman, in particular, is made to look especially glamorous and gorgeous; Eve Arden also looks exceptionally beautiful. These positive elements, however, are torpedoed by a tedious, unfunny script. Maybe the movie could have been better if the secret-mission concept had been more thoughtfully worked out or if the core of the picture had been slightly more "true" to better propel the farce; as it is, the various story elements feel arbitrary and disconnected. For instance, Jane Wyman plays a consumer protection expert, but her expertise has nothing whatsoever to do with the story; the story centers on her fight to regain her ruined reputation. The story is clearly intended to be farcical; why not have Wyman use clever inventions from her business (amusingly presented in the first scene) to fight Dennis Morgan instead of the boring, imagination-free ruses she employs? Morgan, meanwhile, comes off as a womanizing liar for much of the film; is he a hero, or just a jerk? It's difficult to decide. Comedy characters are often idiots, by design, but you need to feel sympathy for them as well; these characters were just off-putting. Between the script problems, and the poorly-motivated slapstick comedy, this movie falls flat. As a rule, I adore fluffy comedies, but this one made me squirm in my seat, thankful at my release once it had ground its way to a conclusion. If you're a fan of any of the principal players or makers, as I am, the film is worth seeing because it has some bright performances (particularly by Eve Arden), clever scoring, and attractive photography. If you're into fashions of the postwar era, this film has some wonderful clothes and hair. For most people, I would say, do yourself a favor and skip this misfire of a film. It's not good enough to be worth your time, nor is it bad enough to be fun. It's just beautiful and kind of annoying, a change-of-pace experiment for Michael Curtiz that doesn't really work. For Completists only.


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