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Lover Come Back (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 June 1946 (USA)
A faithful wife takes gentle revenge on her philandering husband.

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William A. Seiter (as William Seiter)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... William 'Bill' Williams Jr.
Lucille Ball ... Kay Williams
Vera Zorina ... Madeline Laslo
Charles Winninger ... William 'Pa' Williams, Sr.
Carl Esmond ... Paul Millard
Raymond Walburn ... J.P. 'Joe' Winthrop
Wallace Ford ... Tubbs
Elisabeth Risdon ... 'Ma' Williams
William Wright ... Jimmy Hennessey
Louise Beavers ... Martha, Kay's Maid
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Clerk
George Chandler ... Walter
Joan Shawlee ... Janie (as Joan Fulton)
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Kay Williams, an executive with Styles, Inc., is true to her absent husband Bill despite much harassment for dates from co-workers. But when Bill finally returns from Europe, it becomes increasingly evident to Kay that he has been a world- class philanderer. Still loving him, Kay decides to take gentle revenge by making him think she does likewise. Ensuing comic events ridicule the double standard at every opportunity. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 26, 1946 with George Brent reprising his film role. See more »

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often times silly, but not dull
28 January 2013 | by professorharoldlloydhillSee all my reviews

Lucille Ball stars as Kay Williams, a woman who discovers her beloved husband wasn't faithful while away as a war correspondent and reacts by planting clues that she hadn't been faithful either. This film is cute, and thinly plotted. It is a good showcase for Ball, who also is given a great wardrobe, designed by Travis Banton and Al Teitelbaum. George Brent plays her husband, Bill. It is nice to see him in a comedic role. Vera Zorina plays a woman who Bill had been romancing on the side, and while her acting is mediocre, her looks are stunning.

There are great supporting players, especially Raymond Walburn, Carl Esmond, and William Wright as eager suitors of Kay's, and Charles Winninger and Elisabeth Risdon as Bill's fuming father and tolerant mother. Louise Beavers is also a delight as Kay's jovial maid, Martha, and it is a typical role for a black actress of the time.

The script is often times silly, but the story is not dull, and the film does have some fun moments for Ball's comedic chops as well as Brent's. Throughout I was smiling and giggling, and I think that was the intent of the filmmakers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1946 (USA) See more »

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