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Love, Honor and Behave (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 12 March 1938 (USA)
A woman raises her son Ted to be a good loser, in effect creating a weakling who never asserts himself. Even after marrying his childhood sweetheart Barbara and assuming family obligations,... See full summary »


Stanley Logan


Clements Ripley (screen play), Michael Jacoby (screen play) (as Michel Jacoby) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Wayne Morris ... Ted Painter
Priscilla Lane ... Barbara Blake
John Litel ... Jim Blake
Thomas Mitchell ... Dan Painter
Dick Foran ... Pete Martin
Barbara O'Neil ... Sally Painter (as Barbara O'Neill)
Mona Barrie ... Lisa Blake
Minor Watson ... Dr. 'Mac' MacConaghey
Donald Briggs ... Yale Tennis Coach
Margaret Irving ... Nan Bowleigh
Gregory Gaye ... Count Humbert
Dickie Moore ... Ted - as a child
Audrey Leonard Audrey Leonard ... Barbara - as a child
Crauford Kent ... Tennis Announcer


A woman raises her son Ted to be a good loser, in effect creating a weakling who never asserts himself. Even after marrying his childhood sweetheart Barbara and assuming family obligations, Ted cannot bring himself to fight for respect. The worm finally turns when Barbara starts stepping out on her Milquetoast husband, who then turns out not to be so passive after all. All comes full circle in this slyly symmetrical romantic comedy, with the final scene neatly skewering the complications set up in the opening reel. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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12 March 1938 (USA) See more »

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Everybody Was Very Nice See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The short story upon which this film is based, "Everybody Was Very Nice", by Stephen Vincent Benet, was published in the September 5, 1936 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. See more »


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Sports, Sex and Violence
15 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

We begin with a flashback to the small Long Island town of "Meadowfield" in 1922, where romantic co-stars Wayne Morris (as Ted Painter) and Pricilla Lane (as Barbara Blake) are youngsters. You should note that parents Thomas Mitchell and Barbara O'Neil (as Dan and Sally Painter) worry about cute son Dickie Moore (Ted, as a child) because he is sportsmanlike and not rough like other boys his age. Also watch for the marital difficulties among the adults, the other set being John Litel and Mona Barrie (as Jim and Lisa Blake). Young Moore and Audrey Leonard (Barbara, as a child) are separated by school and divorce...

In the present, Mr. Morris and Ms. Lane meet each other as attractive young adults. Morris' parents are still concerned about his meekness. His father wants him to play a rough contact sport like football, but Morris plays tennis at Yale; his mother wants "mama's boy" Morris to be a doctor, but he lacks determination and interest. Childhood "sweethearts" Morris and Lane are very much in love, but his mild manner threatens their happiness. Aggressive Dick Foran (as Pete Martin) also desires Lane...

Lane sings a nice version of The Andrews Sisters' colossal introductory hit "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen" (1937), which put the singing sisters on the map. This is a well-structured story, but ends with a scene promoting violence; Lane's arousing "spanking" is fine, but the characters show visible wounds ("black eyes") resulting from an audibly vicious fight, which is celebrated by much of the cast. By the way, watch for Morris to lose the small hairpiece that covers his "bald spot" during the fight.

Equating contact sports and sex play with domestic violence scores no points.

*** Love, Honor and Behave (3/12/38) Stanley Logan ~ Wayne Morris, Pricilla Lane, Dick Foran, Thomas Mitchell

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