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My Wife's Best Friend (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 20 October 1952 (UK)
After a man confesses to his wife that he has been unfaithful, she imagines all kinds of ways that historical figures such as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc might handle the situation.

Director:

Richard Sale

Writers:

John Briard Harding (story), Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anne Baxter ... Virginia Mason
Macdonald Carey ... George Mason
Cecil Kellaway ... Rev. Thomas Chamberlain
Max Showalter ... Pete Bentham (as Casey Adams)
Catherine McLeod ... Jane Richards
Leif Erickson ... Nicholas Reed
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Chamberlain
Mary Sullivan Mary Sullivan ... Flossy Chamberlain
Martin Milner ... Buddy Chamberlain
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Storyline

Thinking that the airplane they are flying in is about to crash and death is imminent, a husband confesses to his wife, of eight happy years, that he had once several years ago had a brief affair with her best friend. The wife forgives him until they land safely at the airport, at which point she becomes furious and begins making life miserable for him. She dons the role of several martyrs, including Cleopatra, in her payback scheme. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Seules les femmes savent mentir See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Katie: Good morning, Mr Mason.
George Mason: Katie! How did you know we'd need you back?
Katie: Miss Jane called me. Some month off. Nice you weren't killed though - jobs being what they are!
Katie: [pointing at a pile of burnt toast on a tray] Is that for the missus?
George Mason: Doesn't look right, does it?
Katie: Well, it wouldn't get recommended by Duncan Hines!
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Soundtracks

Prelude to Act II
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played briefly on the phonograph
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Wife's daydream of grandeur
2 May 2013 | by grumpy736-1See all my reviews

My sister and I saw this in 1952 and were impressed enough to remember some of the lines until this day. Ann Baxter "Oh, I'd just go mad if I didn't have my little escape hatches!" We put it into some of our little family entertainment dramas. I was 16 and she was 13 when we saw it.

It was fun -- and I thought I recognized Wild Red Barry as one of the toughs at the Men Only health retreat. According to the cast list it was Henry Kulky as the 'pug'. Mike Mazursky, also a pro rassler, is not credited at all, although he has a line about not fearing to push a ladies face in.

I agree -- why isn't it shown more often? While the Empress walks the naked backs of male slaves she digs her high heel around a bit on MacDoanld Carey, and he looks up at the camera in dismay or something.


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