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Lover Come Back (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 June 1946 (USA)
A faithful wife takes gentle revenge on her philandering husband.

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William A. Seiter (as William Seiter)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... William 'Bill' Williams Jr.
Lucille Ball ... Kay Williams
Vera Zorina ... Madeline Laslo
Charles Winninger ... William 'Pa' Williams, Sr.
Carl Esmond ... Paul Millard
Raymond Walburn ... J.P. 'Joe' Winthrop
Wallace Ford ... Tubbs
Elisabeth Risdon ... 'Ma' Williams
William Wright ... Jimmy Hennessey
Louise Beavers ... Martha, Kay's Maid
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Clerk
George Chandler ... Walter
Joan Shawlee ... Janie (as Joan Fulton)
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Storyline

Kay Williams, an executive with Styles, Inc., is true to her absent husband Bill despite much harassment for dates from co-workers. But when Bill finally returns from Europe, it becomes increasingly evident to Kay that he has been a world- class philanderer. Still loving him, Kay decides to take gentle revenge by making him think she does likewise. Ensuing comic events ridicule the double standard at every opportunity. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When Lovers Meet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 26, 1946 with George Brent reprising his film role. See more »

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Stay Away
28 February 2012 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Lucille Ball (Kay) gets mixed up in a comedy of misunderstandings with husband George Brent (Bill). The trouble is that there is absolutely no comedy.

Unfortunately this film has no zip. It is devoid of any humour and has annoying slapstick sequences that drag on and on. One example occurs towards the end of the film with Ball and Brent walking about in the same apartment but both unaware that the other is in the same apartment. That sequence really drags.

It also doesn't help that the characters aren't very bright. Ball is stupid to accept her husband's philandering with other women and Brent is just completely unlikeable. In fact, all the men are written as complete idiots and the script is transparent and obvious. The forced characterizations are insulting to the audience, eg, giving the male characters a jealous streak that just renders them unpleasant, and the women are all-knowing and all-forgiving. What a load of junk.

You'll do well if you stay awake with this film. It's rubbish.


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