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Hank Medhill, artificial silk manufacturer, has returned to the U.S. from Japan to learn that his former girlfriend, Eleanor Breen is about to marry. Hank convinces Eleanor to leave the groom-to-be and marry him. Shortly after the marriage, they discover that they have nothing in common. They separate. Hank decides to pick any name from the phone book and date them. That date results in a wild and frightful night for Hank, thanks to Eleanor's clever plan. Hank goes home to Eleanor to discover her with another man, Vance. Vance isn't any man, though, he's Eleanor's husband.Written by
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I have to agree with one of the reviewers here - this film was cut at the beginning. It probably was supposed to be an 'A' feature with someone like Franchot Tone or Robert Montgomery and when that didn't work out, they made it a B movie with Robert Young and Ann Sothern by shortening the time.
As a result, we walk in after the romance between Young and Sothern is over. Young is Hank Medhill, a wealthy man who manufactures an artificial silk product. He's been in Japan, and when he returns, he finds out that his ex-girlfriend, Eleanor (Sothern) is at the altar about to say 'I do.' Hank interrupts the ceremony and the two take off. However, the same problems they had before are still present. Esther is in show business and wants a career; Hank doesn't understand her, her friends, anything. On top of that, he's jealous. She's always greeting someone she's met once with a kiss.
The two fight like crazy and ultimately separate. Hank picks any name from the phone book and asks the woman who answers out on a date. And what a date it is, including gun play and a wild cab ride. Then Hank spots Eleanor in a restaurant with another man who claims to be her husband.
This is a wild movie, a screwball comedy, with both Sothern and Young in top form. Sothern has the voice, personality, and delivery to put over a quirky character. The nice thing about Young is that he never played for laughs. He always did the part straight, which makes what happens to him funnier. Here, the poor Hank is out of his element surrounded by crazy show folk.
Very enjoyable, but we needed to have seen more of the romance when the two were getting along.
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