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Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy
Original Title: Meet the Missus
Director: Joseph Santley
Writers: Jack Goodman,Bert Granet
Released: 1937
Duration: 1h
Video type: Movie
Mrs. Emma Foster of Fosterboro, Ohio loves to enter contests - which she never wins - the time she spends on which is much to the chagrin of her exasperated husband, barber Otis Foster. It is ironic then that the one contest for which she becomes a finalist is the Happy Noodle company's Mrs. America contest to determine the nation's best homemaker as she never has time or the want to do any housework, that burden left to Otis. The two are required to attend the contest's national finals in Atlantic City with all the other finalists and their husbands. There, Emma has to find ways of getting Otis to do the homemaker type tasks required of the finalists, those tasks which she has no aptitude to complete on her own. Otis also finds that he is in a legion of other exasperated husbands who would rather be anywhere else than at the contest finals supporting their respective wives. And Emma finds that she is not alone in doing whatever it takes to win the contest. Thrown into the mix is ...
Cast overview:
Victor Moore Victor Moore - Otis Foster
Helen Broderick Helen Broderick - Emma Foster - Mrs. Mid-Western
Anne Shirley Anne Shirley - Louise Foster
Alan Bruce Alan Bruce - Steve Walton
Edward H. Robins Edward H. Robins - Gordon H. Cutting
William Brisbane William Brisbane - Prentiss
Frank M. Thomas Frank M. Thomas - Barney Lott
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer - John White
Ada Leonard Ada Leonard - Princess Zarina - Stripper
George Irving George Irving - District Attorney
Alec Craig Alec Craig - College President
Willie Best Willie Best - Mose - Shoe Shine Boy
Virginia Sale Virginia Sale - Mrs. Moseby - Emma's Maid
Jack Norton Jack Norton - Mr. Norton aka Mr. Cotton Belt

Reviews: [3]

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    This movie is actually a satire of the Miss America Pageant, although it's rather heavily disguised, especially at the beginning.

    Victor Moore has the lead in this movie, a situation I don't think I've ever encountered before. He is the perfect model of a henpecked husband. In addition to providing for his wife and daughter in his job as a barber, he must do all the cooking and housework while his wife spends all her time entering contests and sweepstakes.

    She finally hits pay dirt when the Happy Noodle Company selects her as a finalist in its Mrs. America contest. She and Otis must go to Atlantic City for the finals. The irony is that she can't cook or even make a bed, but the contest is determined by how well the contestants can do these things. So of course the unwilling Otis has to bail her out, time and time again.

    I wouldn't exactly call them plot twists, but a lot of unexpected things happen as Emma heads towards victory and Otis grows more and more resentful, finally actually becoming assertive! (I wonder if Elmer Fudd was inspired by this character?)

    The parodying of Miss America intensifies towards the end, culminating in Moore prancing around in an old-fashioned striped one-piece bathing suit! That one scene is worth the price of admission.

    There is actual comedic "chemistry" between Moore and the acerbic harridan played by Helen Broderick. They play very well off each other, trading off which is the "straight man" at the moment.

    The romantic subplot is handled better than such things usually are by Anne Shirley and Alan Bruce.

    Needless to say, everything comes out right in the end, although not for the reason you would expect. A harmless, enjoyable and rather mindless way to spend an hour.
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    Victor Moore plays Otis Foster, the henpecked barber husband of Emma (Helen Broderick), who is always entering contests. She manages to become a finalist in a contest to determine "Mrs. America," the model American housewife. The winner of the contest is determined by the best homemaker. The problem is Emma can't cook, clean, or do anything around the house. Her poor husband Otis does all of that at home. So Emma schemes to win the contest by having Otis do all the work for her.

    Good chemistry between vets Moore and Broderick. Beautiful Anne Shirley plays their daughter. Sadly, she's largely wasted here. See Anne of Green Gables or Chatterbox for how good she can be with comedy. Here she's stuck as the romantic subplot with handsome Alan Bruce. They make a pleasant couple and don't detract from things, but I wish she had been given more to work with. All in all, it's a nice little B comedy. Nothing I would go out of my way to see again but worth watching once.
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    Tired of her hum-drum housewife life, Helen Broderick spends every waking free moment of her existence involved in trying to win one contest or another, sometimes to the consternation of her sometimes in the shadows husband (the adorable Victor Moore). The contest she desperately wants to win concerns "Happy Noodles Soup", and this takes Broderick and Moore to Atlantic City where, in typical early sitcom fashion, lots of amusing things happen as Moore proves himself more the homemaker and Broderick simply lousy at making a bed. This doesn't sit well with their daughter (Anne Shirley, who got an Oscar Nomination the same year for "Stella Dallas") who thinks this is beneath them, but uses the situation to finds romance. Moore, who hates "Happy Noodles", uses the situation to try to find a little fun outside of his regular life as a barber, but thanks to Broderick's pragmatic thinking, avoids getting into trouble until he convinces the beleaguered husbands to get revenge against their social climbing wives.

    Moore and Broderick, teamed together the previous year with Astaire and Rogers in "Swing Time", have a nice, if amusingly antagonistic, chemistry together, and play off each other's temperaments perfectly. They got together one more time the very same year for "We're on the Jury", and proved that you don't have to be young and beautiful to headline a story. RKO programmers like this were amusing second features which paved the way for television sitcoms in the 1950's. Broderick, one of the great wise-crackers of the 1930's, has a magnetic smile, and Moore, with that sad old dog look of his, gets laughs just by opening his mouth and sighing. The sight of Moore in an old fashioned men's bathing suit being measured as a contestant in the "Mr. America" contest is hysterical, as is the men's march they do to stick their thumb to their nose against the ultra proud wives. Shirley really has little to do, tossed in for some young box office assurance, but Moore and Broderick would have gotten laughs and won over the younger crowd even without her.