Father Takes a Wife (1941)

79 mins | Romance | 3 October 1941

Director:

Jack Hively

Producer:

Lee Marcus

Cinematographer:

Robert de Grasse

Editor:

George Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

George Meader's name was misspelled as "Meador" in the onscreen credits. A pre-production news item in HR notes that this picture marked Lee Marcus' promotion from program features into the top ranks of production. The picture was Marcus' last for the studio. According to news items in HR , the picture was to introduce Swedish actress Signe Hasso and Argentinian actor Alberto Vila to the American screen. Neither actor appeared in this film; Vila made his American debut in RKO's 1941 picture They Met in Argentina (see below). Hasso made her debut in the 1941 M-G-M film Journey for Margaret (see below). Although Hasso was under contract to RKO, she did not make a film for the studio until the 1945 film Johnny Angel (see below). By that time, her contract had expired and she had signed with M-G-M.
       According to an article in NYT , Anne Shirley and Jane Wyatt were considered for the role of "Enid." An item in HR adds that Shirley left this picture to appear in All That Money Can Buy (see above). Although a HR production chart lists Carroll Clark as art director, his contribution to the finished film is doubtful. This was Gloria Swanson's first screen appearance since the 1934 Fox film Music in the Air . Adolphe Menjou and Swanson co-starred together in the 1920s. An item in HR adds that Swanson requested that her former costumer, Rene Hubert, design her gowns for this picture. According to modern sources, the film lost $104,000 at the box ... More Less

George Meader's name was misspelled as "Meador" in the onscreen credits. A pre-production news item in HR notes that this picture marked Lee Marcus' promotion from program features into the top ranks of production. The picture was Marcus' last for the studio. According to news items in HR , the picture was to introduce Swedish actress Signe Hasso and Argentinian actor Alberto Vila to the American screen. Neither actor appeared in this film; Vila made his American debut in RKO's 1941 picture They Met in Argentina (see below). Hasso made her debut in the 1941 M-G-M film Journey for Margaret (see below). Although Hasso was under contract to RKO, she did not make a film for the studio until the 1945 film Johnny Angel (see below). By that time, her contract had expired and she had signed with M-G-M.
       According to an article in NYT , Anne Shirley and Jane Wyatt were considered for the role of "Enid." An item in HR adds that Shirley left this picture to appear in All That Money Can Buy (see above). Although a HR production chart lists Carroll Clark as art director, his contribution to the finished film is doubtful. This was Gloria Swanson's first screen appearance since the 1934 Fox film Music in the Air . Adolphe Menjou and Swanson co-starred together in the 1920s. An item in HR adds that Swanson requested that her former costumer, Rene Hubert, design her gowns for this picture. According to modern sources, the film lost $104,000 at the box office. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
19 Jul 1941.
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Daily Variety
17 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
17 Jul 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Feb 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 41
p. 5, 9
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 41
pp. 1-2.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Jul 41
p. 197.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Sep 41
p. 262.
New York Times
30 Mar 1941.
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New York Times
5 Sep 41
p. 19.
Variety
16 Jul 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Swanson's gowns
Other ward
Jewelry des by
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Perfidia," words and music by Milton Leeds and Alberto Dominguez
"Mi amor," words and music by Roy Webb and Aaron Gonzalez.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 October 1941
Production Date:
early April--27 May 1941
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10712
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in feet):
7,118
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7293
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Frederick "Junior" Osborne, son of shipping magnate Frederick "Senior" Osborne, is baffled by his father's capricious behavior. Formerly a staid businessman, Senior waltzes into his office one day and announces that he is turning the business over to Junior and plans to marry actress Leslie Collier. When Junior and his wife Enid meet Leslie that night at dinner, the table conversation drips with sarcasm about Senior and Leslie's age difference. After dinner, the Osbornes attend Leslie's farewell stage performance, and Senior erupts with jealousy over the amorous attentions of Leslie's leading man. After their wedding ceremony, the couple continues to bicker when Leslie refuses to assume her husband's name. During their honeymoon cruise to Mexico, Leslie and Senior finally enjoy domestic tranquility until they discover a stowaway, singer Carlos Bardez. Feeling sorry for the impoverished Carlos, Senior offers the singer refuge. Once the honeymoon couple and Carlos are ensconsed in the Osborne mansion, however, Leslie appoints herself Carlos' impresario, filling Senior with jealousy. On the night of Carlos' debut, Leslie comes home very late, and Senior storms out of the house and moves in with Junior and Enid. To reconcile his father and Leslie, Junior invites Carlos to move in with him and Enid. Junior's scheme fails, however, when Leslie moves out of the house and refuses to speak to Senior. Meanwhile, at Junior's house, history repeats itself when Enid assumes the role of Carlos' impresario and Junior jealously storms out on the night of Carlos' concert. Father and son then scheme to rid themselves of Carlos by underwriting a sixty-five city concert tour. Soon after, at their doctor's office, Enid and Leslie meet and both discover that ... +


Frederick "Junior" Osborne, son of shipping magnate Frederick "Senior" Osborne, is baffled by his father's capricious behavior. Formerly a staid businessman, Senior waltzes into his office one day and announces that he is turning the business over to Junior and plans to marry actress Leslie Collier. When Junior and his wife Enid meet Leslie that night at dinner, the table conversation drips with sarcasm about Senior and Leslie's age difference. After dinner, the Osbornes attend Leslie's farewell stage performance, and Senior erupts with jealousy over the amorous attentions of Leslie's leading man. After their wedding ceremony, the couple continues to bicker when Leslie refuses to assume her husband's name. During their honeymoon cruise to Mexico, Leslie and Senior finally enjoy domestic tranquility until they discover a stowaway, singer Carlos Bardez. Feeling sorry for the impoverished Carlos, Senior offers the singer refuge. Once the honeymoon couple and Carlos are ensconsed in the Osborne mansion, however, Leslie appoints herself Carlos' impresario, filling Senior with jealousy. On the night of Carlos' debut, Leslie comes home very late, and Senior storms out of the house and moves in with Junior and Enid. To reconcile his father and Leslie, Junior invites Carlos to move in with him and Enid. Junior's scheme fails, however, when Leslie moves out of the house and refuses to speak to Senior. Meanwhile, at Junior's house, history repeats itself when Enid assumes the role of Carlos' impresario and Junior jealously storms out on the night of Carlos' concert. Father and son then scheme to rid themselves of Carlos by underwriting a sixty-five city concert tour. Soon after, at their doctor's office, Enid and Leslie meet and both discover that they are pregnant. Meanwhile, at a ship launching, Senior is shown a gossip column announcing his impending fatherhood, and he and Junior rush to Leslie's hotel room, where Junior learns that he is to be a father, too. +

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