That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Genres - Comedy | Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Romantic Comedy | Release Date - Apr 20, 1941 (USA - Unknown) | Run Time - 84 min. | Countries - United States | MPAA Rating - NR
Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Ernst Lubitsch's That Uncertain Feeling was previously filmed by the director in 1925 as Kiss Me Again; both versions were inspired the Victorien Sardou-Emile de Najac bedroom farce Let's Get a Divorce. Six year into her marriage to preoccupied insurance salesman Larry Baker (Melvyn Douglas), Jill Baker (Merle Oberson) develops a case of hiccups. Phlegmatic Freudian psychologist Vengard (Alan Mowbray) suggests that Jill's affliction is caused by marital problems, whereupon she decides to enter into a new relationship with Vengard's star patient, hilariously neurotic concert pianist Sebastian (Burgess Meredith). Magnanimously agreeing to a divorce, Larry nonetheless remains in love with Jill, and she with him. They'll get back together, of course, but not until a multitude of delightful misunderstandings. Outside of Burgess Meredith's brilliant comic performance (obviously patterned on Oscar Levant), the film's highlight finds Larry trying to figure out the gentlest possible way to permit Jill to file for divorce on the grounds of cruelty.
hiccup, husband-and-wife, insurance-agent, marital-problems, misunderstanding, musician, neurotic, psychology