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That Uncertain Feeling [1941]

Director:Ernst Lubitsch
Writer:Donald Ogden Stewart
Composer:Werner R. Heymann
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:60%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups.

Reaction: A bit odd and there isn't really much to strongly recommend this one.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Ernst Lubitsch => Director
Donald Ogden Stewart => Writer
Werner R. Heymann => Composer
Emile DeNajac => Play "Divorçons"
Victorien Sardou => Play "Divorçons"
Alan Mowbray => Dr. Vengard
Bess Flowers => Extra in Ladies Room (uncredited)
Burgess Meredith => Alexander Sebastian
Eve Arden => Sally
Gisela Werbisek => Hungarian Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Harry Davenport => Jones
Jean Fenwick => Dr. Vengard's Nurse (uncredited)
Mary Currier => Maid (uncredited)
Melvyn Douglas => Larry Baker
Merle Oberon => Mrs. Jill Baker
Olive Blakeney => Margie Stallings
Richard Carle => The Butler
Rolfe Sedan => Art Dealer (uncredited)
Sig Ruman => Kafka (as Sig Rumann)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A loose remake of the director Ernst Lubitsch's own 1925 silent film Kiss Me Again.
  • The original play, Divorçons, opened in Paris on 6 December 1880.
  • There are few close-ups of Merle Oberon in this film - she was recovering from her second bout of cosmetic poisoning, which had left pits and sores in her face and could not be covered with makeup.
  • Despite the indifferent reception That Uncertain Feeling received, the cast treasured its experience with the master director and the atmosphere he created on set. Meredith enjoyed working on the production and years later recalled, "I don't know when I had a better time in my whole career than during that period." Of Lubitsch, Meredith said, "He was very psychic. I'd fall down laughing because right away he'd improvise, in the middle of a scene he was doing for me, some very personal thing about my life, with his big cigar in his mouth, and he knew I'd come over and say, 'How did you know about that?' and he'd say, 'I have ways of knowing.'"
  • Ernst Lubitsch and [?] Sol Lesser had formed a partnership, Ernst Lubitsch Productions, Inc., but it was dissolved when this movie did poorly at the box office.
  • [?] Werner Heymann's score for this film was nominated for an Academy Award.