Wife, Husband and Friend (TCF 1939, Loretta Young, Warner Baxter)

Wife, Husband and Friend

In Wife, Husband and Friend, Loretta Young and Warner Baxter have separately been convinced that they have more vocal talent than they really do, and it requires several operatic and very public humiliations to convince them of the wisdom of surrendering their dreams of stardom.

Probably one of the very few films with a musical credit for Rudyard Kipling (for “The Road to Mandalay”). Based on a lighter novel by pulp writer James M. Cain. Remade in 1949 as Everybody Does It with Paul Douglas and Linda Darnell.

The same year she appeared in this, comedian and former vaudeville star Binnie Barnes would gain fame as Milady De Winter in Allan Dwan’s The Three Musketeers.

Cast: Loretta Young, Warner Baxter, Binnie Barnes, Cesar Romero, George Barbier, J. Edward Bromberg, Eugene Pallette, Helen Westley,

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Producers: Nunnally Johnson, Darryl F. Zanuck
Original Story: James M. Cain
Director of Photography: Ernest Palmer
Editor: Walter Thompson
Composers: Walter Bullock, David Buttolph, Armando Hjauser, Samuel Pokrass
Screenwriter: Nunnally Johnson
Art Directors: Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk

USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 80 minutes / 1939

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