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Love Crazy (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1941 (USA)
A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

William Ludwig (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Steve Ireland
Myrna Loy ... Susan Ireland
Gail Patrick ... Isobel Grayson
Jack Carson ... Ward Willoughby
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Cooper
Sidney Blackmer ... George Renny
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Wuthering (as Sig Rumann)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Dr. Klugle
Donald MacBride ... 'Pinky' Grayson
Sara Haden ... Cecilia Landis
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Bristol
Fern Emmett ... Martha
Joseph Crehan ... Judge
George Meeker ... DeWest
Clarence Muse ... Robert
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Storyline

Steve and Susan Ireland are about to celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary by re-enacting their first date. When Susan's meddling mother interrupts and injures herself. Steve is left to take care of her and when he meets an old flame in the elevator--Susan's mother takes the opportunity to break-up their marriage. She convinces Susan that Steve is cheating on her-Susan files for divorce. Steve has one solution to save his marriage...Pretend he is insane. Written by Kelly

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From blissful kisses to sizzling hisses, they're Mr. and Mrs. again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Folie douce See more »

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Budget:

$889,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. loaned Jack Carson to MGM for this film. See more »

Goofs

After Steve sneaks out of Mr. Grayson's piping-hot shower, the smoke pouring from Steve's clothing (meant to denote the extreme heat of the water) continues for much longer than would be natural. See more »

Quotes

Ward Willoughby: I can't shoot unless my torso's free.
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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Delightful to Be Married
(1907) (uncredited)
Written by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Anna Held
Played on a record and sung by William Powell in the opening scene
Variations played as background music often
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10 August 2008 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

One of my favourite screwball comedies, what with William Powell and Myrna Loy and great MGM cast and production values who could ask for anything more? Well, maybe a more even plotting, but on such a manic roller-coaster ride, you don't really have time to care.

Happy couple celebrating their 4th wedding anniversary are plunged into suspicion when Powell's slinky ex Gail Patrick and world champion bow and arrower Jack Carson (keeping his torso free) appear in their lives. Filing for divorce ensues, the only way Powell can stop it is to feign insanity. Things inevitably and delightfully go from bad to worse. And it all could have been avoided by an intelligible explanation by him to her of why there was a taxi cab waiting for him outside the hotel! Is a wife who's so ready to call her previously faithful and adoring husband a liar worthy of such a chase? But this is Powell & Loy and you know that everything is all right throughout and everything will be all right by the end because they obviously love each other so much. Carson put in a solid performance, it would have been a poorer film without his knockabout honesty. Powell and Carson keep hilariously jibing each other as nuts with bbble bbble bbble's, but I suppose some serious people today who have inexplicably watched this might not find the subject of madness treated the way they'd like. Phhhffft - political correctness is lunacy anyway! Favourite bits: Powell's bedraggled return from posting his mother-in-law's letter; freeing his feet from the tyranny of his enemy shoes; the method of escape from the sanatorium; Loy's elegant poise throughout in contrast to Powell's slapstick.

It's certainly not perfect but it's still a gem, a delightful 98 minutes of nonsense.


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