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The Domineering Male (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 30 March 1940 (USA)
This Pete Smith Specialty looks at the notion that a man chases a woman till he catches her. Who's really chasing whom?


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Uncredited cast:
Barbara Bedford ... Party Hostess (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Gertrude's Mother (uncredited)
William Newell William Newell ... Marriage Proposer (uncredited)
Sally Payne ... Gertrude (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Gertrude's Father (uncredited)


A couple kisses; he's just proposed, and he believes he was the aggressor throughout the courtship. But, back up a few months, and, with the help of an off-screen narrator, we see Gertrude in control of just about everything from the start -- from giving up alcohol, cigarettes, and chewing gum, to hiding the fact that her braid is a hairpiece. Will the guy figure out she's just after security? The narrator tries to tell him and even suggests a little trap. Will Gertie be exposed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gertrude is Pronounced "Goit"
16 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A Smith called Pete narrates this tale of how Sally Payne sets her cap at William Newell, who has the charm and allure of a man with a good job. Like many of the Pete Smith specials, it's a cynical tale, just the sort of thing that his cynical voice, snarky tone and dad jokes were meant for.

It's directed by Johnny Hines, who spent much of the 1910s 1920s as a light comedian. Johnny came from a show business family; his brothers were Samuel Hines and the director. Like many a star of the silent era, his acting career fizzled out in the sound era, but he compensated by heading behind the camera, and by being an executive of the Catholic Motion Picture Guild of America. He died in 1970, aged 75.

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