The Sunset Blvd Blogathon – Father Takes a Wife (1941)


This is the second of 3 posts dedicated to The Sunset Boulevard Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part! (sorry for my tardiness)

“Is that you or my suit talking? I had hopes that you’d grow up to fill my shoes, not my pants.” – Senior

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A wealthy widowed businessman has a whirlwind relationship with an actress which angers his son who is still trying to run the company properly.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it for this blogathon while searching through Gloria Swanson’s filmography.

The story has some fun moments in it, but overall doesn’t feel as if it has much to offer that is unique of special.

Adolph Menjou is perfectly cast in the lead role and seems to easily fit into this character who acts so aloof throughout which helps make us truly believe that he is really smitten by the character played by Swanson.

They have some nice scenes together that help show that even late in life, one can find happiness again.

The film;s dialogue is presented in a very witty and fun way that stays fun to watch.

They add in so many puns and double entrants here that helps give this story an added level of fun and humor in how it all is presented.

Unfortunately, besides that, this film isn’t able to add much to this kind of genre which is a bit disappointing.

Bottom Line – Fun film that has its moments, but overall falls a bit too flat. Menjou is really fun in the lead role and plays this character in such an aloof manner that it’s quite easy to believe that he is truly smitten by the actress played by Swanson. The dialogue is quite witty and they are able to add in lots of double entrants which adds another level of humor to things as the story unfolds. The story itself doesn’t feel unique enough and that hurts things a bit too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First screen appearance for Gloria Swanson in seven years since Music in the Air (1934). It would be another nine years until her next feature film – Sunset Blvd. (1950). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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