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H. M. Pulham, Esq.(1941)

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  • Odd, Bland, Miscast.

    • Joella Lyndon
    • 5/5/14

    Hmmmmmm . . . after reading some of the other reviews I was wondering if I watched the same movie. As if the stuffy, tedious title were a precursor, this movie sucked the life out of me. If King Vidor's intent was to create a mundane, purposeless Robert Young he succeeded. If his purpose was tongue-in-cheek with Hedy Lamarr, he succeeded a second time. Really? We're supposed to believe she's from "Iowa, Ohio"? The most unfortunate miscasting. Van Heflin was the highlight for me. He was energetic and added some much needed personality and normalcy to the film. Quite frankly he, and the begging family dog, needed to be in every scene, just to add some life and hope. I'm so glad that I saw Robert Young's performance in The Enchanted Cottage before I watched him in this insipid display. In The Enchanted Cottage his pairing with Dorothy McGuire was the perfect 'marriage' of talents. She balanced his sometimes stoic, stilted acting qualities with grace and character. Hedy Lamarr seemed to put his often characteristic lack of humanity under a microscope and intensify his robotic tendencies, making it impossible for this viewer to experience any sympathy or interest whatsoever. Even though Robert Young has a somewhat bland persona on screen, if cast in the right film, and/or directed properly, he can deliver a unique and compelling performance. Hedy Lamarr . . . really?

  • Nice film...

    • RedRain
    • 5/5/14

    This is a lovely little film with a lot of food for thought. A long-term marriage stuck in a rut is fodder for another woman or man tempting a spouse. Realizing you may be part of the problem and the "other" person is not the solution requires a lot of soul-searching and this is the basis for this film. As always, Hedy Lamarr is simply gorgeous. Robert Montgomery is perfectly cast as the staid banker and overshoe wearing husband who finds regret in the woman he let slip away so many years ago. I really liked seeing Lamarr cast as a successful business woman rather than the usual film tramp trying to get her man back. This was quite unusual for a film made in 1941 and we don't think much of it these days; however, back then, a successful business woman was quite rare. It's good seeing an empowered woman rather than a needy one!

  • Love this Movie

    • Burkely
    • 5/9/11

    I love this Movie!!! I love how he knows where is place is...with his wife. He's such an honorable man.

  • Anyhing Hedy

    • Ric Starnes
    • 5/9/11

    Hedy is great in this feature and as usual totally beautiful. Robert Young is at his usual best. Ya know Fathers knows.

  • H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)

    • James Higgins
    • 1/28/10

    I have watched this film numerous times, but just can never get into it. Robert Young is such a bland actor. Hedy Lamarr is quite good, as is Charles Coburn and Ruth Hussey. Very nicely produced. But, the film lacks spark and verve. Not bad, but not among the great films of 1941.

  • Great vintage romance.

    • Jose Lopez
    • 1/27/10

    The film depicts what many couples faced in an era when divorce was almost unthinkable. Those who had sweethearts that they never married will enjoy this movie.

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