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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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It's a serious problem for a lady with the hiccups, and he is it! See more »

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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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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A loose remake of director Ernst Lubitsch's Kiss Me Again (1925). See more »

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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

Alexander Sebastian: You smoke yourself?
Mrs. Jill Baker: Yes.
Alexander Sebastian: [a pause] You, eh, haven't got a cigarette, eh?
Mrs. Jill Baker: Yes.
[she takes her cigarette case from her handbag and offers it to him]
Alexander Sebastian: Haven't any without tips?
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The Happy Farmer (Opus 68 No.10)
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A pleasant diversion, worth watching
27 April 2010 | by Charlot47See all my reviews

An enjoyable comedy, set among rich white people in New York in 1940, with wonderful clothes for the women.

As a traditional comedy, it uses stock types. We have the businessman who has become boring (Melvyn Douglas), his wife (the exquisite Merle Oberon) who wants an affair, the young musician (Burgess Meredith) who sweeps her off her feet, and the young secretary (Eve Arden) who secretly adores the businessman.

To be comic, characters exhibit extreme selfishness, pursuing their own desires by manipulating or ignoring other people. We get this in spades from the three principals, forever playing tricks on each other to get what they want next. One of endless examples: the lover scratches the husband's gramophone record after dinner so that he can play the piano instead, only to find that the husband has locked the lid of the piano.

Physical knockabout is another strong element. Two of the best moments are when the wife, stuck for an answer, repeatedly throws a faint and when the husband, told by his lawyer to assault her in front of witnesses, repeatedly fails to slap her face.

What were contemporary jokes are still fun. Psychoanalysis and modern art are targets for satire, also (an in-joke) that New York was being taken over by Hungarians.

Not the overall funniest, most stylish or slickest film around, but a pleasant diversion. Worth watching to see Merle Oberon at her peak.


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