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The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 July 1940 (Mexico)
A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

George Seaton (screen play), Ken Englund (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... June Cameron
Ray Milland ... Dr. Timothy Sterling
Reginald Gardiner ... John Pierce
Gail Patrick ... Marilyn Thomas
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Lionel Sterling
Frank Sully ... Slapcovitch
Gordon Jones ... O'Brien
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Jean Rovere
Charles Halton ... Dr. Streeter
Joseph Eggenton Joseph Eggenton ... Dr. Nielson
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Dean Lawton
Chester Clute ... Johnson
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Charlie
Edward Van Sloan ... Burkhardt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Gilliam Ralph Gilliam
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Storyline

June Cameron has written a best seller about spinsters: women are men's equals and don't need them for fulfillment. Through a series of errors and misunderstandings, the press believes she's married Tim Sterling, a university instructor she's just met. Her publisher wants to let the mistake go uncorrected for a few weeks so she can write a best seller about being married; Tim cooperates because, in hidebound academia, being married may help with a promotion. The flies in the ointment are June and Tim's instant enmity, Tim's stubbornness, and his girlfriend Marilyn, who may not let the charade play out. There's no way everyone can get what they want. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Doctor Says It's Heart Trouble See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1940 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

El doctor se casa See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Melvyn Douglas and Virginia Bruce starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of this story on December 8, 1941. See more »

Goofs

At the Lakeside Lodge counter, Dr. Timothy Sterling asks June Cameron to lower her voice so he can hear on the phone. The phone wire is draped over the far corner of the counter. In the next frames the cord is across the whole counter. See more »

Quotes

June Cameron: Well, if that's the way you feel about it, my pathological playmate.
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Credits are written in chalk on the sidewalk as pedestrians walk over them. See more »

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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Sung by an unidentifed singing telegram boy trio with modified lyrics
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Spinsters ain't spinach
20 December 2014 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Loretta Young (June) has just written a best-selling book about how spinsters can enjoy life without men. She is stuck out of town and needs to get back to her agent and boyfriend Reginald Gardiner (John) to start work on her second novel. Cue Lecturer Ray Milland (Dr Stirling). He has a fiancée Gail Patrick (Marilyn) who he intends to marry once he gets a professorship at his college. He is in the same out of town area and he ends up giving Young a lift back into New York. By some misunderstanding, a "Just Married" sign is attached to his car, and everyone assumes the couple have just got married. Uh-oh, this is bad for Young's career and for Milland's. But, actually, the situation could benefit them both. Watch to find out how…

This film is OK while you watch it but nothing outstanding. I thought Loretta Young was the best character despite being a bit of a horror at the beginning. And I've never been a fan of that wisecracking, screwball comedy quick patter where everyone talks over each other. SHUT UP! This film, annoyingly, has some tedious sections with this contrived device, especially at the beginning. However, once we get away from these, the dialogue is actually quite funny in parts, eg, Loretta's quip to Milland in the car when one of his model heads falls onto the car floor - "Trunk murderer? She asks him directly. Another amusing scene occurs where one of the meat-head College boys is asked a test question and asks for Milland's number and if it's OK to phone him later with the answer.

One last point - how come they cast all the spinsters to look the same? There is a definite spinster look to the women at the start of this film. What the best-selling book really should have told them to do was to get dressed up and go sit in a bar. They should then get sorted with a shag and everyone's happy. The world can be a very simple place if we just take the right attitude.


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