Starring Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner, Edmund Gwenn, Gail Patrick, Frank Sully

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(6-Good Film)

Light. Witty. Solid.

A misunderstanding leads to two strangers, influential writer, June Cameron (Young), and neurosurgeon, Dr. Timothy Sterling (Milland), pretending to be married. They could set the record straight, but both benefit from the misunderstanding and decide to play it out just until they can come up with a plan to end the charade. By the time their opportunity comes, both are hesitant to leave. Typical romantic screwball comedy in many ways, the female protagonist stands out, however, as a fairly progressive, strong, intelligent character. The amount of time spent between the leads isn’t convincing enough for them to fall in love, and neither character is crazy enough (say like Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby) to help me suspend disbelief, but The Doctor Takes a Wife is a solid, enjoyable film.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-


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