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Married Bachelor (1941)

Passed | | Comedy | 29 December 1941 (UK)
A man's marriage suffers when he pretends to be a bachelor while promoting "his" best-selling book about married life (actually written by an eccentric professor) in order to pay off a debt to a gangster.

Directors:

Edward Buzzell, Norman Taurog (uncredited)

Writers:

Dore Schary (screen play), Manuel Seff (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Randolph Haven
Ruth Hussey ... Norma Haven
Felix Bressart ... Professor Ladislaus Milic
Lee Bowman ... Eric Santley
Sheldon Leonard ... Johnny Branigan
Sam Levene ... Cookie Farrar
Murray Alper ... Sleeper
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Hudkins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Yule ... Waiter (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Randolph Haven (Robert Young), an irresponsible sort, and his wife Norma (Ruth Hussey), have been married for seven years and still very much in love, although Norma is dissatisfied with their hand-to-mouth life style and gets a job as a saleslady. Randolph, seeking an easier pursuit, goes into partnership with a bookie and, in order to cover a bet, sells a manuscript on "The Psychology of Marriage", a situation that is fraught with problems, not the least being in that he didn't write the book, and that he also has to pose as a bachelor. He begins to believe in his fake personality to the extent he insists on living in a penthouse. Then the publisher falls in love with Norma, not knowing she is married to Randolph, the bachelor expert on marriage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SHE - wanted to settle down and leave her hotel by the front door, instead of sneaking down a fire escape! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ele Sem Ela See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Breezy little comedy
5 April 2014 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

Randy Haven, a married con artist, gets in trouble when he goes into hock for $17,000 to a local hood. He runs into a somewhat eccentric professor who has written a book on marriage but can't get it published. Haven gets it published by posing as the professor, a "bachelor taking a look at marriage". The book becomes an unexpected hit and Haven becomes a celebrity, much to the annoyance of his wife. This is a breezy comedy--no uproarious laughs, but carried off well by a charming cast. Robert Young and Ruth Hussey have undeniable chemistry and work fine together, Lee Bowman is cast somewhat against type as a wealthy publisher who is shy and awkward around women, but pulls it off well, and Felix Bressart is letter-perfect as the professor. The film has the expected MGM gloss, even though it's a "B" picture, and director Edward Buzzell keeps things rolling along smoothly. A pleasant little film, worth a watch.


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