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Third Finger, Left Hand

Third Finger, Left Hand is sufficiently light and fluffy in its farcical setup to provide diverting entertainment. Story is of mild texture, and obvious from the opening reel. Although lacking sustained pace, it still displays several corking comedy episodes.

With:
Myrna Loy Melvyn Douglas Raymond Walburn Lee Bowman Bonita Granville Felix Bressart

Third Finger, Left Hand is sufficiently light and fluffy in its farcical setup to provide diverting entertainment. Story is of mild texture, and obvious from the opening reel. Although lacking sustained pace, it still displays several corking comedy episodes.

Myrna Loy is presented as a magazine editor, who – on assuming the post – invents a fictitious husband to insure her job against the jealous forays of the boss’ wife. But she soon meets Melvyn Douglas, a roaming artist who’s quick on the thinker, and the pair fall in love. After discovering status of her illusionary mate, he moves into her home as the missing husband, and from there on it’s a melange of by-play and provoking situations until the windup.

Robert Z. Leonard directs with a capable hand, and does much to overcome the lightweight script. Loy is in the comedienne vein similar to the Thin Man pictures, with excellent results. Douglas is okay as the artist who takes advantage of the situation. Felix Bressart adds much to the comedy side with a slick characterization of a fidgety photographer.

Third Finger, Left Hand

Production: M-G-M. Director Robert Z. Leonard; Producer John W. Considine Jr; Screenplay Lionel Houser; Camera George Folsey; Editor Elmo Vernon; Music David Snell; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1940. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Myrna Loy Melvyn Douglas Raymond Walburn Lee Bowman Bonita Granville Felix Bressart

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