Sunday, 14 March 2010

That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, That Uncertain Feeling is the story of a marriage in crisis - Jill Baker (Merle Oberon) is having difficulties with  her husband Larry (Melvyn Dougls), after reluctantly seeking the advice of Dr Vengard (Alan Mowbray), who right from the outset seems determined that her husband is the cause of all her problems.  At a later stage, having become convinced that the doctor is right, she meets fellow patient Alexander Sebastian (Burgess Meredith) and forms a friendship with him.  This turns into love - or so she thinks - and eventually her husband is forced to resort to unusual methods to win his wife back.

The Uncertain Feeling is often funny, thanks to some great dialogue early on, good situation comedy from Oberon and Douglas, and a believably eccentric performance from Meredith.  It falters a little towards the final third of the film, though it picks up again towards the very end.  Overall I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Lubitsch's later film A Royal Scandal, but it's an interesting variation of the battle-of-the-sexes idea and very entertaining.



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