Premised on the assumption that when a husband doesn’t pay his wife enough attention someone else is going to do it for him, Ernst Lubitsch’s That Uncertain Feeling tackles the problem in a light and singularly satirical vein. The famed Lubitsch touch is there but the entertainment value isn’t.
Merle Oberon and Melvyn Douglas are the apparently happily-married Bakers. Husband is a prosperous insurance man who is settled in his home life in a routine way, but unconsciously fails to fulfill the more romantic duties expected of a spouse. Lubitsch, with characteristic subtlety, suggests that this is what causes the hiccups from which the wife suffers and ultimately lands her in a psychoanalyst’s office.
By stages she begins to have suspicions concerning the widespread impressions that they are the happy Bakers and into her life, under slightly absurd circumstances, comes a wacky pianist. He’s Burgess Meredith, not the great lover type, and he has a strange, impudent dislike for a lot of things.
Taking the picture as a whole it is tiring, very slow generally and embraces numerous situations that are basically weak.
1941: Nomination: Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture