The Feminine Touch (1941 film)

The Feminine Touch is a 1941 American comedy film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and starring Rosalind Russell and Don Ameche.[1]

The Feminine Touch
Film poster
Directed byW.S. Van Dyke
Produced byJoseph L. Mankiewicz
Written byGeorge Oppenheimer
Edmund L. Hartmann
Ogden Nash
StarringRosalind Russell
Don Ameche
Kay Francis
Music byFranz Waxman
CinematographyRay June
Edited byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 1941 (1941-10)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States


College professor John Hathaway (Don Ameche) is writing a book about jealousy, and how he doesn't believe in it. He isn't the least bit perturbed, for example, when his lovely wife Julie (Rosalind Russell) is the object of desire in the eyes of the school's football star, Rubber Legs Ryan (Gordon Jones).

John goes to New York to meet with publisher Elliott Morgan (Van Heflin), and meets associate Nellie Woods (Kay Francis), who loves Elliott, but can't get him to commit. Elliott is infatuated with John's wife Julie, but after a while, he realizes that she is faithful to her husband. Julie, though, continues to be irked at John's complete lack of jealousy.

A misunderstanding leads to John being placed under arrest. Elliott's failure to help him or to contact lawyer Freddie Bond, as promised, is maddening to Julie, who wants John to knock his block off. She also catches John and Nellie in an embrace, and turns red with jealous rage, which puzzles John because they were merely celebrating his book sale.

Nellie's threat to quit finally gets Elliott to propose, but one day, John finally explodes and strikes him, which leads to a fight between the two women, too. By the time a total stranger calls his wife "sugar" on the street, John is ready to come up swinging.



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