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Before Frank Morgan and Margaret Hamilton unforgettably starred together in The Wizard of Oz (1939), they shared the screen in very different roles in this semi-racy comedy: discontent businessman Henry Smith (Morgan) announces he'd like a vacation away from his wife, going on a drunken binge with barroom pal Skeets (Gene Lockhart, in his first movie role) and chasing showgirls and escorts. Meanwhile, his wife Ellen (Genevieve Tobin) quits moping long enough to make her own trip to New York, where she suddenly discovers there's adventures still open to a suburban housewife, especially in the guise of childhood pal turned dashing adventurer David McKenzie (Neil Hamilton). There's nothing going on to really shatter the sanctity of hearth and home, but all the quasi-adulterous hijinks are squeaking in just under the wire of the newly enacted (and enforced) Production Code. Keep your eyes peeled for a young Betty Grable in a bit role too.

By Violet LeVoit

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