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You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 May 1940 (USA)
Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Jerome Cady (screen play) (as Jerry Cady), Richard Carroll (story "The Romantic Mr. Hinklin") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
James Ellison ... Andrew 'Hinkie' Hinklin
Robert Coote ... 'Batty' Battincourt
William Halligan William Halligan ... J.R. Gillespie, Sr.
Emma Dunn ... Mother Fields
Virginia Vale ... Sally
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Mama Brentoni
Charles Lane ... Salesman
Oscar O'Shea ... Dr. Emery, Colony College Chaplain
Norman Mayes Norman Mayes ... Porter at Dock
Patsy O'Byrne ... Hotel Maid
Charlie Hall ... Ritz Amsterdam Bellboy
Dell Henderson ... Ritz Amsterdam Manager
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Doolittle
Leo Cleary Leo Cleary ... Mr. Doolittle
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Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from London must be entertained, Andrew gets stuck entertaining him - and he Battincourt likes to party. Andrew is only doing his job, but Clara thinks differently and tosses him out. Andrew tries to reason with Clara, but Mother is against him. So Battincourt tries to get them back together by giving Clara the beauty treatment and having a costume party. But Mercedes Vasquez is an identical twin at the same party. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Romantic Mr. Hinklin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Towards the end of the movie, Clara has her anniversary present, the music box, in bed with her. Andrew comes in, the music box shortly disappears. Then, later, they are embracing, and it appears in his hand before he leaves the bedroom. See more »

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Lucy Shines in Early Film Lead
17 February 2018 | by rshawisSee all my reviews

Fans that have only seen Lucy in screwball comedy roles may be surprised that she was a very fine actress and can handle drama with great pathos. This film sort of tries to be a screwball comedy, popular in that era, but fails due to a choppy pacing, erratic editing and direction. It's occasionally feeble script doesn't help yet this is still an entertaining film for fans of Lucille Ball. Watch this film and you'll root for Lucy, wishing she had a better film success as you see her real talent in one of her first leading roles.


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