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The Feminine Touch (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | October 1941 (USA)
John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as Major W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

George Oppenheimer (original screenplay), Edmund L. Hartmann (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Julie Hathaway
Don Ameche ... John Hathaway
Kay Francis ... Nellie Woods
Van Heflin ... Elliott Morgan
Donald Meek ... Capt. Makepeace Liveright
Gordon Jones ... Rubber-Legs Ryan
Henry Daniell ... Shelley Mason
Sidney Blackmer ... Freddie Bond
Grant Mitchell ... Dean Hutchinson
David Clyde ... Brighton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrester Harvey ... (scenes deleted)
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John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy published. John and Julie go to Elliott Morgan Publishing to discuss his book. Being that it is highly technical and boring, Nellie wants to focus on the small part about couples that she thinks will sell. But it soon becomes apparent that everyone is more intrigued by Julie than the book. Elliott tries to make advances on Julie while Nellie is more interested in John than his book. Julie, however, is worried about John, while John, who wrote the book on jealousy, seems oblivious to it and thinks that he knows everything about jealousy. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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If Your Sweetheart's Not Jealous, It's Not L-O-V-E!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Woman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The nightclub singer who performs "Jealousy" is most certainly not Peggy Lee as is sometimes noted. The singer is played by Julie Gibson. See more »

Quotes

John Hathaway: Who... wh... what were they?
Morgan's Receptionist: Oh they are five convicts who escaped from devil's Island and wrote a bestseller for it. And now they are trying to go back in the island, so that they can write the sequel.
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Features The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Jealous
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Little
Lyrics by Dick Finch and Tommie Malie
Played as background music during the opening and end credits
Sung by an unidentified woman at a nightclub
Sung a cappella by Rosalind Russell
Played as background music often
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LOVE that dream sequence
3 July 2008 | by notinconcertSee all my reviews

I am second to none in my admiration for Roz Russell, but she was clearly second choice for this role. The wife is supposed to slay men at first sight and make them behave like idiots. Sorry, but that's not Roz. It seems tailor made for Hedy Lamarr, who would have been at the height of her beauty in 1941. Even the Adrian wardrobe looks designed with Lamarr in mind. Someone above mentioned Lana Turner, but she would have been too young at this time. Also, Roz plays it like a half-wit, something Lamarr wouldn't have to resort to, as a war-bride who had trouble with American idioms and customs. Ameche, Heflin and Francis are terrific as usual, as is the rest of the supporting cast. And I loved the production design, van Heflin's couch and lamps in his NY apartment are particularly terrifying, as is Kay Francis's "beaver-mouse ears" hat. And I LOVE that Dali-esquire dream sequence. Someone ought to do a compilation of the Dali-inspired dream sequences from the period. There were lots.


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