Father Takes a Wife

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Silent screen queen Gloria Swanson returned to films after a seven-year absence in RKO Radio's Father Takes a Wife. Adolphe Menjou costars as a middle-aged widowed shipping magnate known as Senior, who falls in love with celebrated actress Leslie Collier (Gloria Swanson) and marries her after a whirlwind courtship. Now Senior must break the news to his strait-laced son Junior (John Howard), who disapproves of show people. Junior is convinced that Leslie will leave his father the moment a younger, handsomer man enters the scene-a prediction that seems to come true when the honeymooning couple make the acquaintance of South American singing hearthrob Carlos (Desi Arnaz). Meanwhile, Leslie's jealousy is aroused when she sees Senior in the company of gorgeous young Enid (Florence Rice), unaware that the girl is Senior's daughter-in-law. All misunderstandings are forgotten when it turns out that both Leslie and Enid are about to become mothers-legitimately! Though Gloria Swanson was in fine fettle, Father Takes a Wife failed to draw a crowd, posting a loss of $104,000; eight years later, Swanson staged a real comeback in the classic Sunset Boulevard. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Adolphe Menjou
as Fredric Osborne, Sr.
Gloria Swanson
as Leslie Collier
Desi Arnaz
as Carlos
Helen Broderick
as Aunt Julie
Neil Hamilton
as Vincent Stewart
George Meader
as Henderson
Mary Treen
as Secretary
Ruth Dietrich
as Miss Patterson
Grant Withers
as Judge Waters
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Fowler
Louis Austin
as Mrs. Sturgis
Georgie Choper
as Agnes, the Maid
Sally Cairns
as Cigarette girl
Toddy Peterson
as Secretary
Lorna Dunn
as Secretary
Mary Arden
as Secretary
Frank Jaquet
as Innkeeper
Netta Packer
as Innkeeper's wife
Edythe Elliott
as Mrs. Plant
Lois Austin
as Mrs. Sturgis
Jerome Storm
as Stage Manager
Jerry Storm
as Stage manager
Cliff Bragdon
as Taxi Driver
Dorothy Vernon
as Sewing woman
William Gould
as Ship Captain
Cally Cairns
as Cigarette Girl
Broderick O'Farrell
as Junior's butler
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