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I Take This Woman (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1940 (USA)
A doctor (Spencer Tracy) marries a suicidal woman (Hedy Lamarr) but begins to doubt her fidelity.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II), Frank Borzage (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Charles MacArthur (original story), James Kevin McGuinness (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Karl Decker
Hedy Lamarr ... Georgi Gragore
Verree Teasdale ... Madame Marcesca
Kent Taylor ... Phil Mayberry
Laraine Day ... Linda Rodgers
Mona Barrie ... Sandra Mayberry
Jack Carson ... Joe
Paul Cavanagh ... Bill Rodgers
Louis Calhern ... Dr. Duveen
Frances Drake ... Lola Estermont
Marjorie Main ... Gertie
George E. Stone ... Sid
Willie Best ... Sambo
Don Castle ... Ted Fenton
Dalies Frantz ... Joe Barnes
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Storyline

Georgi has attempted suicide in reaction to an earlier love affair. Now that Dr. Decker has married her he sets out to get her to love him. To make enough to give her what she wants he becomes physician to the rich, abandoning his clinic services to the poor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Gentlemen of the Jury: Our case rests. The power and ability of a great studio is again revealed in the case of "I TAKE THIS WOMAN"

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta mujer es mía See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,271,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did average business at the box office, but because of all the difficulty in the prolonged production, its cost nearly doubled, resulting in a loss to MGM of $325,000 ($5.9M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Georgi declines an apple from a street vendor, she says, "No, thank you very much", but her lips keep moving after the line - an obvious dub. See more »

Quotes

Madame Marcesca: Let me look at you. Ah, a little drawn. But, the perfect type for that far away look. Mona Lisa mysticism. Men cry for it.
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Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »

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The "problem picture" that really isn't...
11 April 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Adaptation of Charles MacArthur's short story "A New York Cinderella" has Spencer Tracy cast as a barrios doctor (so committed to his work that he spends his vacation doing medical research!) who saves Park Avenue beauty Hedy Lamarr from shipboard suicide. Once in New York City, she locates him (eating in a cafeteria!) and discovers his neighborhood hospice is the perfect place for her to recover and take stock of her life. Their eventual marriage (which appears platonic in nature, with barely a kiss between them) isn't fraught with many anxieties, and a subsequent move uptown seems to make them both happy, but the scenarists have invented a "former flame" for the woman who turns up at every restaurant and nightclub she goes to. This poor man is just a plot device (a bad one), unconvincingly written and only present to give the good doctor some doubts. Yet, if the movie goes out of its way to cause cracks in the marriage, it bends over backwards to give the two principals a happy ending (one that must be seen to be believed). It raises a happy tear or two, though the movie is so flimsily constructed and rudderless, it evaporates from memory before you can even recall the title. Tracy--playing both doctor and daddy to Lamarr--throws away much of his dialogue (charmingly), holding together most of the picture even as its fairy tale plotting takes the slow boat to China. **1/2 from ****


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