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Father Takes a Wife (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 October 1941 (USA)
Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Dorothy Fields (screen play), Herbert Fields (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... Senior
Gloria Swanson ... Leslie Collier
John Howard ... Junior
Desi Arnaz ... Carlos
Helen Broderick ... Aunt Julie
Florence Rice ... Enid
Neil Hamilton ... Vincent Stewart
Grady Sutton ... Tailor
George Meader George Meader ... Henderson (as George Meador)
Mary Treen ... Secretary
Ruth Dietrich Ruth Dietrich ... Miss Patterson
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Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is going to marry Leslie Collier, the famous stage star, and Junior and his wife Enid are horrified and expect the worse from the hot-tempered father and the volatile actress. They have been married only five minutes before they have a quarrel, and have to be carried out of the house to begin a sea-voyage honeymoon. Carlos, a penniless stowaway with a high opinion of his singing ability, is invited to stay with Senior and his bride when they return to New York, the idea that sponsoring Carlos' career will give Leslie the limelight she promised to fore-go when she married Senior. The routine of arranging Carlos' debut disrupts the Osborne home and Senior goes home to the children. To save Senior's marriage, Junior and Enid invite Carlos to stay in their home. Junior too soon stalks out. Senior and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Thrill for You -- GLORIA IS BACK in a honey of a comedy! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Gloria Swanson requested that her former costumer, René Hubert, design her gowns. See more »

Goofs

Ruth Dietrich is billed onscreen as "Miss Patterson", but it is secretary 'Mary Treen' who is called by that name several times. See more »

Soundtracks

Mi amor
(1941) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Roy Webb and Aaron González
Played at a concert and sung in Spanish by Desi Arnaz
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A Favorite Comedy
13 January 2011 | by Sheila_BeersSee all my reviews

This is a favorite comedy of mine, and I hope it will become available on DVD very soon. In my first viewing, the title and plot of the film reminded me of the children's song, "The Farmer in the Dell." As everyone knows, "the farmer takes a wife" in the first verse, and in this film, "father takes a wife" with this act being the catalyst for the conflict and rising action in the plot. According to the children's song and the natural order of things, "the wife takes a child," meaning she wants or needs a child. In the film, the actress wants to mother some being who will compensate for the theatrical career she sacrificed for the marriage. However "father" and his actress wife, both well into middle age, are too old to have their own biological child. Adding to the disappointment, the father's biological children from his previous marriage are cold fish who do not accept his new wife and do not fulfill the wife's maternal needs.

When father and the wife find a stowaway singer, portrayed by Desi Arnaz, on their yacht, the singer becomes their child. Father and wife fulfill their desire for parenthood by becoming pseudo- parents in giving the young man a home and promoting his singing career. Like all idealistic newlyweds, they fail to see the downside of this "parenthood" until the singer keeps practicing the same concert song over and over and over. Like any annoying child who keeps repeating something, the singer drives them crazy.

I will have to see the film again to check for the disappointing elements mentioned by other posters, but this old classic still is one of my favorites.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1941 (USA) See more »

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Papá se casa See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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