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I Take This Woman (1940)





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This soapy drama stars Hedy Lamarr as a would be model who meets a research doctor en route to the US from Europe. They meet when Dr. Spencer Tracy prevents her from taking a suicidal plunge from the upper decks of the ocean liner. It seems that Lamarr had been involved with married man Kent Taylor. When he reneged on his promise to divorce his wife Mona Barrie, she decided to end it all. Finding her extraordinarily beautiful, the doctor suggests she join him in his research. The two end up at a slum clinic and it doesn't take long for the doctor to fall completely in love with her. He convinces her to marry him and soon after the wedding, he exchanges life in the clinic for an upscale practice uptown. Servicing the rich is lucrative and soon he has provided his high maintenance wife with a luxurious life. Unfortunately for him, she appreciates his work and sacrifices not a whit, and as soon as she can attempts to respark a romance with Taylor whom she has never stopped loving. Fortunately for the doctor, Lamarr eventually comes to her senses and marital bliss ensues. This film had a troubled history with all of it due to Louis B. Mayer's obsession with making Lamarr the brightest star in the MGM galaxy. Originally the film was directed by Joseph von Sternberg, but he grew frustrated and tired by Mayer's constant interference and quit the film as did the next director, Frank Borzage. As a result an enormous amount of footage was discarded. Finally reliable W.S. Van Dyke was placed on the production and it was completed. Unfortunately, despite all that effort, the film bombed at the box office.


Spencer Tracy
as Dr. Karl Decker
Hedy Lamarr
as Georgi Gragore Decker
Veree Teasdale
as Madame Marcesca
Kent Taylor
as Phil Mayberry
Laraine Day
as Linda Rodgers
Verree Teasdale
as Mme. Maresca
Mona Barrie
as Sandra Mayberry
Paul Cavanagh
as Bill Rodgers
Louis Calhern
as Dr. Duveen
Reed Hadley
as Bob Hampton
Frances Drake
as Lola Estermonte
Don Castle
as Ted Fenton
Charles D. Brown
as Lieutenant of Police
Gayne Whitman
as Dr. Phelps
Florence Shirley
as Mrs. Bettincourt
Rafael Storm
as Raoul Cedro
Syd Saylor
as Taxi Driver
David Clyde
as Steward
Nell Craig
as Nurse on Boat
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Peggy Leon
as Georgi's Maid
Edward Keane
as Dr. Harrison
Jack Chefe
as Waiter
Jean De Briac
as Headwaiter
Florence Wix
as Mrs. Winterhalter
Esther Michelson
as People at Clinic
Jimmie Lucas
as Taxi Driver
Dalies Frantz
as Joe Barnes
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Hedy's ravishing, Spence is stoic and Verree Teasdale is priceless in support but this is a muddled mess of a movie. However if you like glossy soap operas from Hollywood's golden age premier studio there are things to enjoy in this.

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