The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)





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Fiercely independent authoress June Cameron (Loretta Young) has no time for men in her life. Chauvinistic medical college professor Timothy Sterling (Ray Milland) has no use for women. So guess who is mistaken for June's husband, and guess who is forced by circumstances to pretend that she's married? The Doctor Takes a Wife maintains its exhausting comic pace until about five minutes before the end, when the scriptwriters are forced to take a breather to tie up all the loose plot ends. The "fantasy" closing gag went over so well that Columbia Pictures utilized variations of it in several subsequent screwball comedies.
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Ray Milland
as Dr. Timothy Sterling
Edmund Gwenn
as Dr. Lionel Sterling
Charles Lane
as Reporter
Loretta Young
as June Cameron
Edward Van Sloan
as Burkhardt
Gail Patrick
as Marilyn Thomas
Edgar Buchanan
as Doorman
Reginald Gardiner
as John R. Pierce
John Wray
as Farmer
William Austin
as Hotel Manager
Irving Bacon
as Gas Station Attendant
Gordon Jones
as O'Brien
Charles Halton
as Dr. Streeter
Erville Alderson
as Harrison
Don Beddoe
as Reporter
Spencer Charters
as Mr. Quinn
Mary Gordon
as Scrubwoman
Hal K. Dawson
as Charlie
Frank Orth
as New York Editor
Edward Gargan
as Doorman
Frances Morris
as University Registration Desk Clerk
Claire Du Brey
as Party Guest
Walter Sande
as Charlie's Photographer
William Newell
as Soda Clerk
Chester Clute
as Johnson
Frank Darien
as Greenwich Editor
Edgar Dearing
as Motor Cop
Ian Maclaren
as Professor
Myra Marsh
as Lydia Johnson
Ann Lee
as Maid
Virginia Sale
as School Teacher
Frank Sully
as Slapcovitch
Olin Howland
as Hotel Clerk
Harry C. Bradley
as Dapper Salesman
Paul McAllister
as Dean Lawton
Wesley Giraud
as Western Union Boy
Renie Riano
as Telegraph Operator
Carol Tevis
as Whiny Woman
Emma Tansey
as Motherly Woman
Bill Lally
as Deck Steward
Joseph Eggenton
as Dr. Nielson
Jane Keckley
as Mrs. Quinn
George Metaxa
as Jean Rovere
Jane Goude
as Mrs. Nielson
Eddie Laughton
as Photographer
Nell Roy
as Telegraph Operator
Helen Davis
as Woman
William Austin
as Hotel Manager
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Each element of a screwball farce has to be just so for the film to transcend from merely mechanical, to organic and free and inspired. Unfortunately, "mechanical" is the very definition of the minor screwball, The Doctor Takes a Wife.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Doctor Takes a Wife

Ridiculous situations but a cute movie.

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