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That Uncertain Feeling

That Uncertain Feeling(1941)


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Although Fritz Feld is included as a cast member on Hollywood Reporter production charts, his name is not listed on the film's credits or in reviews, and his appearance in the completed film is doubtful. According to a NYT article dated December 15, 1940, director Ernst Lubitsch, who had formed Ernst Lubitsch Productions, Inc. with Sol Lesser in 1939, bought the rights to the French play Divorons, in addition to four adaptations, from Paramount Pictures for $27,000, and then proceeded to "ignore them all."
       That Uncertain Feeling was the first of two films Lubitsch and Lesser planned to make for distribution by United Artists. According to a modern interview with Lesser, Lubitsch found that he disliked working as an "independent" and missed the close contacts he enjoyed with stars and other professional colleagues during his tenure at M-G-M. Lesser and Lubitsch agreed to end their partnership when reviews and box office receipts for That Uncertain Feeling proved disappointing, and Lubitsch Productions was dissolved in 1943. The film was nominated for a 1941 Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture.
       Four previous adaptations of Sardou's play had been filmed: 1915's Divorons, produced by Biograph and distributed by General Film Co.; 1918's Let's Get a Divorce, a Famous Players-Lasky Corp. production directed by Charles Giblyn and starring Billie Burke and John Miltern (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1059, F1.2455); 1925's Kiss Me Again, a Warner Bros. film directed by Lubitsch and starring Marie Prevost and Monte Blue; and 1927's Don't Tell the Wife, another Warner Bros. version (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2896, F2.1411).