Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)

79-80 mins | Comedy | 1942

Director:

Norman Taurog

Cinematographer:

Charles Lang Jr.

Editor:

LeRoy Stone

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Mr. and Mrs. Cugat . A HR news item noted that Paramount paid Xavier Cugat for the use of his last name in the film, and also noted that Loretta Young was considered for the lead role. According to a news item, the Frank Emery estate in San Marino, CA was used for the Atterbury home in this film. George Burns starred with Gracie Allen in a 15 Feb 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Mr. and Mrs. Cugat . A HR news item noted that Paramount paid Xavier Cugat for the use of his last name in the film, and also noted that Loretta Young was considered for the lead role. According to a news item, the Frank Emery estate in San Marino, CA was used for the Atterbury home in this film. George Burns starred with Gracie Allen in a 15 Feb 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Box Office
13 Jun 1942.
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Daily Variety
12 Jun 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Jun 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 1942.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Jun 42
p. 714.
New York Times
9 Jul 42
p. 17.
Variety
17 Jun 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr constr
Contr to scr constr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Are Husbands Necessary? by Isabel Scott Rorick (New York, 1944).
SONGS
"Who's Your Little Whoziz?" music and lyrics by Walter Hirsch, Ben Bernie and Al Goering.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mr. and Mrs. Cugat
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 8 July 1942
Production Date:
21 November 1941--early January 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 June 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11521
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79-80
Length(in feet):
7,146
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7986
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

George and Mary Elizabeth Cugat are about to celebrate their second wedding anniversary and dream of having a child. Although they live comfortably on George's earnings as a bank official, Liz's scatterbrained handling of their finances constantly puts them in jeopardy. Liz becomes jealous when George's former girl friend, Myra Ponsonby, comes for a visit with his party-loving friends Bill Stone, Cory Cartwright and Chuck, an artist, after which George spends the entire evening dancing at a nightclub with Myra. Chuck takes Liz home early and, hoping to make George jealous, Liz prominently displays Chuck's hat, which he accidentally left at the house. George is disinterested, however, and later, Liz, believing a child is a solution to her problems, unsuccessfully tries to adopt a baby on the spot. In order to prevent George from meeting again with Myra, Liz then pretends that she and George have been invited to the country home of his boss, Duncan Atterbury. The Atterburys are entertaining a potential investor, Bunker, and are surprised by the sudden appearance of their employee and his wife. They nonetheless invite the Cugats to stay and Liz, hoping that George will be promoted to vice-president, impersonates a Southern belle to charm Bunker. Bunker sees through Liz's act but is delighted by her charm. The weekend is ruined, however, when Liz crashes the Atterbury's expensive new luxury car. On Monday morning, George expects to be fired, but Bunker saves his job and insists that he show him the city. That evening, George gets drunk with his friends and completely disrupts the Atterburys masked ball, however, his identity is hidden by his costume, ... +


George and Mary Elizabeth Cugat are about to celebrate their second wedding anniversary and dream of having a child. Although they live comfortably on George's earnings as a bank official, Liz's scatterbrained handling of their finances constantly puts them in jeopardy. Liz becomes jealous when George's former girl friend, Myra Ponsonby, comes for a visit with his party-loving friends Bill Stone, Cory Cartwright and Chuck, an artist, after which George spends the entire evening dancing at a nightclub with Myra. Chuck takes Liz home early and, hoping to make George jealous, Liz prominently displays Chuck's hat, which he accidentally left at the house. George is disinterested, however, and later, Liz, believing a child is a solution to her problems, unsuccessfully tries to adopt a baby on the spot. In order to prevent George from meeting again with Myra, Liz then pretends that she and George have been invited to the country home of his boss, Duncan Atterbury. The Atterburys are entertaining a potential investor, Bunker, and are surprised by the sudden appearance of their employee and his wife. They nonetheless invite the Cugats to stay and Liz, hoping that George will be promoted to vice-president, impersonates a Southern belle to charm Bunker. Bunker sees through Liz's act but is delighted by her charm. The weekend is ruined, however, when Liz crashes the Atterbury's expensive new luxury car. On Monday morning, George expects to be fired, but Bunker saves his job and insists that he show him the city. That evening, George gets drunk with his friends and completely disrupts the Atterburys masked ball, however, his identity is hidden by his costume, a suit of armor. The next day, as workmen come to repossess the Cugats' piano because they are late on their payments, Bunker agrees to invest in Atterbury's bank as long as George manages his account. Atterbury promotes George to vice-president, but Liz is still not satisfied because George has an appointment to see Myra. Liz is suspicious when he returns with a fur coat that she had seen on Myra, and he explains that Myra only helped him select it for her. Liz calls Myra and learns that she has become engaged to Bunker. Liz then confides her own good news that she is pregnant. +

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