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Loretta Young and Ray Milland trade jabs in The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940), a charming romantic comedy that takes on the eternal battle of the sexes. Young plays June Cameron, a beautiful author whose bestselling book Spinsters Aren't Spinach shuns marriage and champions a life of independence for single career women. Ray Milland plays Dr. Tim Sterling, a medical school professor looking to move up in his profession. When the two meet, a series of wild misunderstandings throws their lives into a tailspin leaving everyone around them believing they are secretly married, which could be disastrous for both of them.
The Doctor Takes a Wife marked Loretta Young's first film at Columbia Pictures since making Man's Castle with Spencer Tracy in 1933. It was also her first and only pairing with Ray Milland.
Familiar character actors Reginald Gardiner, Edmund Gwenn, and Gail Patrick all lend strong support and the film was a typically brisk, light romantic comedy of its era.
Producer: William Perlberg
Director: Alexander Hall
Screenplay: Ken Englund, Aleen Leslie, George Seaton
Cinematography: Sidney Hickox
Film Editing: Viola Lawrence
Art Direction: Lionel Banks
Music: Morris W. Stoloff
Cast: Loretta Young (June Cameron), Ray Milland (Dr. Timothy Sterling), Reginald Gardiner (John R. Pierce), Gail Patrick (Marilyn Thomas), Edmund Gwenn (Dr. Lionel Sterling), Frank Sully (Louie Slapcovitch).
by Andrea Passafiume