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Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 11 October 1940 (USA)
A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications ensue when she meets a potential suitor.


Robert Z. Leonard


Lionel Houser (original screen play)


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Complete credited cast:
Myrna Loy ... Margot Sherwood Merrick
Melvyn Douglas ... Jeff Thompson
Raymond Walburn ... Mr. Sherwood
Lee Bowman ... Philip Booth
Bonita Granville ... Vicky Sherwood
Felix Bressart ... August Winkel
Donald Meek ... Mr. Flandrin
Ann Morriss ... Beth Hampshire
Sidney Blackmer ... Hughie Wheeler
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Sam
Halliwell Hobbes ... Burton


Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the deception and decides to show up at Margot's family home posing as her husband! Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Such Fun! Such Romance! IT'S WONDERFUL!




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Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casada com Ninguém See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jimmy Conlin (Ernest) and Dick Paxton (Messenger Boy) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they are not seen in this movie. Most of the men and women at the railroad station listed in the cast are shown in longshot and are not recognizable, but are assumed to be there. See more »


When Jeff Thompson appears, he is holding some neckties in his left hand as he is talking to a member of the ship's crew. When he turns around in the next shot, he is seen placing an oil painting down with several others. The neckties disappeared, and in their place a painting materialized. See more »


Jeff Thompson: When you do get married, you certainly won't need any practice hen-pecking.
Margot Sherwood Merrick: I'm not hen-pecking.
Jeff Thompson: Listen, my Aunt Edith killed my Uncle John hen-pecking. I oughtta know a hen-pecker when I hear one.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
In the score after Margot leaves Jeff
Hummed by Myrna Loy
Reprised as background music in the score
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Steps into the role of husband
20 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I suppose by 1940 the public and the critics just were used to seeing Myrna Loy with William Powell. At least that's what it said in the Citadel Film series book on Myrna Loy's films. In any event I think that the public and the critics gave short shrift to this film that had her co-starring with Melvyn Douglas. They have some funny moments together.

Third Finger Left Hand has Myrna Loy as a successful career woman a type that Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell essayed in their sleep. It's curious because today this would be unthinkable, but to guard against both jealous wives and horny men both married and single, Myrna keeps a wedding ring in the proper place as the title indicates. It works maybe all too well as there are no men in her life nor prospects of same.

That doesn't deter free spirit itinerant painter Melvyn Douglas who in a hail mary type move pretends to be the husband she pretends she has. That makes it all real hard to explain to her family like her father Raymond Walburn, sister Bonita Granville, and young attorney Lee Bowman who would like to be the man in her life.

There are two really funny moments the first belongs to Myrna who when at Niagara Falls Douglas runs into some straight laced folks from his small Ohio hometown, Myrna turns the tables on him and with her impression of a gun moll really mortifies those poor people.

The second is when on a train Douglas drafts a Pullman porter played by Ernest Whitman as an attorney. Whitman actually has studied law and goes head to head with Lee Bowman and it's a draw.

Despite only so-so reviews Third Finger Left Hand is a real comedy gem and a great film credit for its stars.

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