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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1941 (USA)
A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Walter Reisch (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jill Baker
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Baker
Burgess Meredith ... Alexander Sebastian
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Vengard
Olive Blakeney ... Margie
Harry Davenport ... Jones
Sig Ruman ... Kafka (as Sig Rumann)
Eve Arden ... Sally Aikens
Richard Carle ... The Butler
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Storyline

Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups. Soon, she's disillusioned about husband Larry; and one day in the doctor's waiting room she meets pianist Alexander Sebastian, who's even more confused than she is. Can this marriage be saved? Larry has a plan that is pure Lubitsch... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

20 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernst Lubitsch's That Uncertain Feeling See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Merle Oberon's jewels were designed and provided by Paul Flato, for years a jeweler to many Hollywood stars. See more »

Goofs

When Jill first goes to see Dr. Vangard, as he starts to sit down at his desk, his left hand is on the arm of the chair. In the next shot, still in the process of sitting down, his left hand is now up on his desk. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Jill Baker: It's difficult to show you the symptoms at the moment, because - it comes and it goes.
Dr. Vengard: Oh, it comes and - it goes.
Mrs. Jill Baker: Yes. It's so unfortunate. It's always the same whenever I see a doctor. When - when I come, it goes. And when I go, it comes.
Dr. Vengard: Mrs. Baker, whatever comes and whatever goes, there's no denying it worries you a lot. So, please drop all your inhibitions, release your inner-self, and speak freely. What comes and what goes?
Mrs. Jill Baker: Hiccups!
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The Happy Farmer (Opus 68 No.10)
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Mildly Amusing
14 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

In "That Uncertain Feeling", good performances by the three lead actors give some life to a rather simplistic story. It is a mildly amusing movie, but there isn't enough to the plot or the script to make it any more than that.

Melvyn Douglas and Merle Oberon play a married couple who seem to be reasonably content, but a chance meeting between the wife and an eccentric pianist (Burgess Meredith) suddenly threatens their whole marriage. Rather than choosing direct confrontation, the husband tries to use psychology to turn the situation in his favor, leading to some comic situations that only partially come off.

The three leads are all pretty good, especially Meredith, who has the liveliest role. And Ernst Lubitsch directs with his usual dapper style. But there isn't really much of a story, and the behavior of the characters, while generally humorous, is too often completely implausible. So the movie is really never more than mildly entertaining.

This will probably only be of particular interest to those who are fans of the director or one of the stars.


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