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Irmeli wants a certain job as a secretary but finds out that she would have to be married in order to get the vacancy. She lies that she has recently married and then gets a stranger from a... See full summary »

Director:

Valentin Vaala

Writer:

Hilja Valtonen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tuulikki Paananen ... Irmeli Venes
Tauno Palo ... Reino Lahtinen
Uuno Laakso ... Heikki Markkula
Regina Linnanheimo ... Virma Suokuma
Hilja Jorma Hilja Jorma ... Mimmi Markkula
Helmer Kaski Helmer Kaski ... Ensio Markkula
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Irmeli wants a certain job as a secretary but finds out that she would have to be married in order to get the vacancy. She lies that she has recently married and then gets a stranger from a nearby restaurant to pose as her husband. Complications arise when they have to continue their charade. Written by Vehka

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Comedy | Romance

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English (sub)titled given as 'The Surrogate Husband' - although perhaps more literally translated as 'Mock (Pretend) Husband'. See more »

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Follows Substitute Wife (1936) See more »

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Finland does Hollywood
15 February 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

This 1936 comedy hails from Finland but it could just as easily have come from one of Hollywood's Poverty Row studios like RKO. The leads could easily have been Fred and Ginger, (yes, there are songs), or maybe Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. It's a typical comedy of 'mistaken identity' where a young secretary needs to produce a husband in order to get a job. The guy she picks happens to be the best friend of her boss's son who's in love her. Things get even more complicated when the surrogate husband's paramour turns up.

It's well constructed but it's not very funny, (I doubt if it would be funny in any language), even if the cast give it everything they've got. Regina Linnanheimo is particularly good as the vamp and Hilja Jorma is excellent in the Billie Burke/Alice Brady role; indeed, it's even got a Mischa Auer lookalike. A curio but an entertaining one.


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

20 December 1936 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Surrogate Husband See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland

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Suomi-Filmi See more »
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Mono (Aga-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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