Feminine Touch, The (1941): Van Dyke’s Comedy, Starring Rosalind Russell and Don Ameche

W.S. Van Dyke directed The Feminine Touch, a comedy starring Rosalind Russell and Don Ameche.

The Feminine Touch
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Ameche plays college professor John Hathaway, who’s writing a book about jealousy, and how he doesn’t believe in it. He isn’t perturbed, when his lovely wife Julie (Rosalind Russell) is the object 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 he realizes that she is faithful to her husband. Julie, though, continues to be irked at John’s lack of jealousy.

A misunderstanding leads to John being placed under arrest. Elliott’s failure to help him or to contact lawyer Freddie Bond, is maddening to Julie.

When she catches John and Nellie embracing, she turns jealous, 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.

In the end, when a stranger on the street calls his wife “sugar,” John is ready to swing.

Rosalind Russell as Julie Hathaway
Don Ameche as Prof. John Hathaway
Kay Francis as Nellie Woods
Van Heflin as Elliott Morgan
Donald Meek as Capt. Makepeace Liveright
Gordon Jones as Rubber-Legs Ryan
Henry Daniell as Shelley Mason
Sidney Blackmer as Freddie Bond
Grant Mitchell as Dean Hutchinson
David Clyde as Brighton
Julie Gibson sings “I’m Jealous”

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written by George Oppenheimer, Edmund L. Hartmann, Ogden Nash
Starring Rosalind Russell
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Ray June
Edited by Albert Akst
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: October 1941
Running time 97 minutes


TCM showed the comedy on December 10, 2020.