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My Wife's Best Friend (1952)

After a man confesses to his wife that he has been unfaithful, she imagines all kinds of ways that historical figures such as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc might handle the situation.

Director:

Richard Sale

Writers:

John Briard Harding (story), Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anne Baxter ... Virginia Mason
Macdonald Carey ... George Mason
Cecil Kellaway ... Rev. Thomas Chamberlain
Max Showalter ... Pete Bentham (as Casey Adams)
Catherine McLeod ... Jane Richards
Leif Erickson ... Nicholas Reed
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Chamberlain
Mary Sullivan Mary Sullivan ... Flossy Chamberlain
Martin Milner ... Buddy Chamberlain
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Thinking that the airplane they are flying in is about to crash and death is imminent, a husband confesses to his wife, of eight happy years, that he had once several years ago had a brief affair with her best friend. The wife forgives him until they land safely at the airport, at which point she becomes furious and begins making life miserable for him. She dons the role of several martyrs, including Cleopatra, in her payback scheme. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Seules les femmes savent mentir See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Prelude to Act II
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played briefly on the phonograph
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Cute Anne Baxter vehicle
9 August 2007 | by mrsastorSee all my reviews

This is not likely a movie you will subsequently set up all night discussing, but it is cute and more typical of Miss Baxter's pre "Eve" fare than post Eve.

As Virginia and George Mason are flying off on their vacation, their is serious aircraft trouble and they believe they are going to perish on the plane. In the heat of the moment, George suddenly confesses to Virginia that he had an affair with her best friend Jane. Much to his later chagrin, the plane is safely turned around and taken back to the airport, and now he must live with the consequences of his confession.

This, by the way, is played as light, charming 1950's marital comedy, and in that vein it works pretty well. Virginia occupies herself with ways in which to punish her husband and bring further recognition to her status as victim. Cecil Kellaway is very entertaining, as always.

The only real drawback to the film is that the Jane character is played in a manner that will strike modern audiences as an obvious lesbian. It is impossible to believe either George would stray from the very cute and sexy Virginia for the mannish and pushy Jane, or that Jane would be interested in ANY man. I don't think this may have read this way to 1950's audiences.

This film is rarely ever shown, I don't know why, much worse films get a great deal more air time. If you have a chance to see it, do. It's a nice little show.


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