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This Thing Called Love (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 2 January 1941 (USA)
Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months, just to see if they are truly compatible. The husband tries various tricks to lure his ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Edwin J. Burke (based upon the play by) (as Edwin Burke), George Seaton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Ann Winters
Melvyn Douglas ... Tice Collins
Binnie Barnes ... Charlotte Campbell
Allyn Joslyn ... Harry Bertrand
Gloria Dickson ... Florence Bertrand
Lee J. Cobb ... Julio Diestro
Gloria Holden ... Genevieve Hooper
Paul McGrath ... Gordon Daniels
Leona Maricle ... Ruth Howland (as Leona Maride)
Don Beddoe ... Tom Howland
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Diestro
Sig Arno ... Arno
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Storyline

Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months, just to see if they are truly compatible. The husband tries various tricks to lure his wife into bed, but she trumps his every serve. Finally, when she is ready for love, he isn't, having contracted a bad case of poison oak. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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WHEN AN IRRESISTIBLE FORCE MEETS AN IMMOVABLE BODY! (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mariée célibataire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second filmed adaptation of Edwin J. Burke's play 'This Thing Called Love" as produced by Patterson McNutt in New York on 17-9-1928. See more »

Connections

Remake of This Thing Called Love (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

America, The Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyric by Katharine Lee Bates
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I'm a Melvyn Douglas fan, but have to admit this isn't one of his best comedies...though this still doesn't mean it's not worth seeing!
9 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Celibate three months ann and tice(?) trial marriage fruend tekks him to accept she proposes 3 months gordon--other suitor NOT quetzelcoatl painful dinner party scene--bad often folks' beahaviors are difficult to understand--suck as strippng miss campbell--tries too hard

Ann (Rosalind Russell) is a rich and successful business woman who wants to get married but is afraid to really commit since she's seen other marriages fail. So, she comes up with a novel idea...to marry a man in name only....or at least for three months. That way if they don't get along they can just go their separate ways. Well, it's not surprising that her boyfriend, Tice (Melvyn Douglas) isn't thrilled with this arrangement, but his friend convinces him to just go along with her and once married she'll abandon this dopey scheme. Well, not surprisingly, it doesn't go how either of them planned.

This film's weakest point is the script. The actors are quite nice but a few times they're made to repeat a few silly lines and the dinner party scene, in particular, is pretty bad. But fortunately, the good far outweighs the bad and overall it's well worth seeing even if it isn't one of Douglas' best.


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