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Three Husbands (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 April 1951 (Sweden)
When a recently deceased playboy gets to heaven and is granted one wish--granted to all newcomers--he requests that he be able to see the reactions of three husbands, with whom he regularly... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Vera Caspary (screenplay), Edward Eliscu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eve Arden ... Lucille McCabe
Ruth Warrick ... Jane Evans
Vanessa Brown ... Mary Whittaker
Howard Da Silva ... Dan McCabe
Shepperd Strudwick ... Arthur Evans
Robert Karnes ... Kenneth Whittaker
Emlyn Williams ... Maxwell Bard
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Jenny Bard Whittaker
Louise Erickson ... Matilda Clegg
Jonathan Hale ... Edward Wurdeman, Attorney at Law
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Wurdeman
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Storyline

When a recently deceased playboy gets to heaven and is granted one wish--granted to all newcomers--he requests that he be able to see the reactions of three husbands, with whom he regularly played poker, to a letter he left each of them claiming to have had an affair with each's wife. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 April 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Letter to Three Husbands See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screen Writer Vera Caspary also contributed to a similar film A Letter to Three Wives (1949) See more »

Goofs

When Arthur raises at the poker game, the front shot shows him with chips in his left hand and cards and a cigar in his right, while the next shot from behind shows the cards in his left hand and the chips and cigar in his right. See more »

Quotes

Dan McCabe: There are some things no man will stand for if he's a man!
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Soundtracks

Poor Chap
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
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Has Its Moments, But That's all
11 March 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- From cloudy heaven, a departed playboy gleefully watches three married couples grapple with problems he's created with incriminating letters to the husbands. Could it be that he has a hidden purpose.

Pairing the sardonic Eve Arden with the gruff Howard DaSilva has all kinds of comedic potential. Too bad they don't get more barbed screen time. Then the sometimes comedy, sometimes drama, would get more needed spark. There's clever banter among the three couples, but much of the acting, particularly Strudwick and Karnes, fails to lift beyond the blandly conventional. Nor does Reis's direction heighten the effects. Nonetheless, actor Williams manages to make his potentially dislikable character, Max, oddly likable. Also, scenes in celluloid heaven could raise a touchy 'who-rules' religious problem. However, the script finesses this by making the gate-keeper sound like a corporate auditor without indicating who's ultimately in charge.

Overall, it's an indie production that shows its limitations; at the same time, the occasional snappy dialogue amounts to the best part.


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