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Her Cardboard Lover (1942)

A wealthy woman, trying to discourage a former boyfriend from pursuing her, hires a young songwriter who needs money to pay off his gambling debts to pretend to be her boyfriend. The ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Jacques Deval (play), Valerie Wyngate (play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Consuelo Croyden
Robert Taylor ... Terry Trindale
George Sanders ... Tony Barling
Frank McHugh ... Chappie Champagne
Elizabeth Patterson ... Eva
Chill Wills ... Judge
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Storyline

A wealthy woman, trying to discourage a former boyfriend from pursuing her, hires a young songwriter who needs money to pay off his gambling debts to pretend to be her boyfriend. The problem is that the "phony" boyfriend is actually really in love with her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Playing With Love is Risky - But Such Fun!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A caza de novio See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford and Hedy Lamarr were each offered the part of "Consuela", but both turned it down. See more »

Quotes

Consuelo Croyden: One thing is obvious, you're mad!
Terry Trindale: Oh, well, thank you.
Consuelo Croyden: Impertinent. Talkative. Fresh. Are you honest? I think you are.
Terry Trindale: So do I.
Consuelo Croyden: That's good.
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Crazy Credits

"The End. America Needs Your Money. Buy War Bonds And Stamps Every Pay Day." See more »

Connections

Version of The Passionate Plumber (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dare You
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played on piano by Robert Taylor
Reprised on piano by Robert Taylor and sung by him and Frank McHugh
Sung a cappella by Norma Shearer
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Silly, breezy, perfectly delightful!
8 July 2009 | by beyondtheforestSee all my reviews

Norma Shearer's last film is a breezy romantic comedy directed with precision by Cukor and brought to life by a marvelous cast, including George Sanders and Robert Taylor, all pros in the romantic comedy department. The script is full of amusing observations on the complicated nature of power and pride in relationships. The sharp, witty lines uttered by Taylor and Sanders make for quite a few chuckles, as do the scenes of broad situational comedy, one of which has Taylor dangling off a balcony, and another involves Taylor and Shearer battling viciously one minute and caressing each other the next!

Of course, it's all farce and not to be taken seriously, which probably made it seem dated at the time of release, but the theme is compelling and the finished product just plain fun. Shearer, in particular, gives a full-bodied comedic performance and has many funny moments. Never did she look more radiant and glamorous than she does here, ironically her final film, when it is clear she could have continued acting successfully for at least another decade!


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