I Take This Woman

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The back-set machinations of this movie were far more exciting than the movie itself. Louis B. Mayer was determined to make Lamarr a huge star and he interfered so much with the shooting that two directors left, thousands of feet were thrown out, and the joke around town was that it should have been called "I Re-Take This Woman" because of all the extra...read more

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The back-set machinations of this movie were far more exciting than the movie itself. Louis B. Mayer was determined to make Lamarr a huge star and he interfered so much with the shooting that two directors left, thousands of feet were thrown out, and the joke around town was that it

should have been called "I Re-Take This Woman" because of all the extra shooting that transpired. Tracy was irate when he saw that his talents were being used to beef up Lamarr's career, but sat still for it and fumed. The movie changed directions several times as many writers played with the

original MacArthur story. Some of the actors who worked on the film, but were left on the cutting room floor, were Walter Pidgeon, Ina Claire, and Adrienne Ames. The story, for what it's worth, sees Tracy, a doctor returning to the US after a research stint in Europe, saving Lamarr's life as she

attempts to dive off the ocean liner on which both are sailing. The reason is that she is disappointed in love. Her amour, Taylor, had promised to divorce his wife, Barrie, and marry her. When that didn't happen, he went back to the US and she decided to drown herself. Tracy is attracted to her

and suggests she forget about her position in the fashion industry and come to work for him in research. This she does and they are soon working in a slum clinic. Tracy goes head over heels for Lamarr, proposes marriage, and she accepts. He immediately quits his altruistic calling in order to

provide Lamarr with all of life's frills and becomes a physician for the upper crust. Despite all of Tracy's adoration, Lamarr can't get Taylor out of her heart or mind, and trouble brews as she attempts to rekindle her romance with Taylor. The movie began with von Sternberg at the helm, but he

marched out when Mayer kept sticking his nose into matters. Borzage followed for a while, but he left and only a few feet of his work remain. Van Dyke, who always seemed to be able to rescue failing projects, entered and completed the movie, but 18 months had already passed and the production was

well over budget and never did recoup the cost.

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