Before the studio settled on this title, the film bore the far more descriptive, if not as romantic, caption, The Doctor's Husband. As a spinner of comic notions the theme suggested by the latter tag is a natural. They've been laughing at gags about the doctor and his jealous wife since 'way back and in this case the wife is the doctor to give it a reverse twist. So long as the story [by Dalton Trumbo] sticks to its comedy angle it beats a pleasant tattoo. But it veers off on a socio-economic tangent, the result being a sharp shift in mood and letdown in entertainment.
Before the studio settled on this title, the film bore the far more descriptive, if not as romantic, caption, The Doctor’s Husband. As a spinner of comic notions the theme suggested by the latter tag is a natural. They’ve been laughing at gags about the doctor and his jealous wife since ‘way back and in this case the wife is the doctor to give it a reverse twist. So long as the story [by Dalton Trumbo] sticks to its comedy angle it beats a pleasant tattoo. But it veers off on a socio-economic tangent, the result being a sharp shift in mood and letdown in entertainment.
The performances of Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda merit fulsome praise. Their strokes are keen and deft regardless of whether they’re playing farce, romance, or the film’s more serious moments.
Fonda, cast as a rich playboy who suffers a skiing fall and recovers with a medical wife, proves again that he is endowed with a high flair for comedy. He is equally surefire in the romantic passages, and there are enough of these to go around.
You Belong to Me
Columbia. Director Wesley Ruggles; Producer Wesley Ruggles; Screenplay Claude Binyon; Camera Joseph Walker; Editor Viola Lawrence; Music Frederick Hollander
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 93 MIN.
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