That Uncertain Feeling

6.61 h 34 min1941PG
Six years into their marriage, Jill Baker (Oberson) contracts a case of recurring hiccups. Her busy husband Larry (Douglas) sends Jill to Freudian psychologist Vengard and he concludes that the hiccups are caused by her marital problems. When Jill meets hilarious but highly neurotic concert pianist Sebastian (Meredith) in the doctor's waiting room, she decides to begin a relationship with Sebastian and file for divorce. Larry, still in love with Jill, initially agrees, but the separation doesn't last long and they reunite after a multitude of hilarious hijinks. Meredith steals the film.
Ernst Lubitsc
Merle OberonMelvyn DouglasBurgess Meredith
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Alan MowbrayOlive BlakeneyHarry DavenportSig RumannEve Arden
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ACWinOHReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film wonderfully done
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Ageless film about a married person who is dissatisfied with the relationship. Nothing is really wrong, just the petty things that everyone has to deal with in any relationship. Like many who decide they're unhappy, she realizes the grass isn't as green on the other side as she thought. This film could be made in any era and be relevant, only the dialogue would be rather different. Merle Oberon is amazingly beautiful! Great acting all around.
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Big BoomerReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
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Generally well executed
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From an era where marriage was expected to last. Here the wife falls for a musician and reluctantly agrees to divorce the husband who was rather neglectful. Once divorce faces him he turns on the charm and the prodigal wife soon returns.

This movie was a box office flop in its day. Don't know how often divorces in 1941 worked out like this one but one suspects that audiences found the story line here to be hard to swallow.

Meredith over acts a bit. Oberon is delightful as is Eve Arden (later to become Our Miss Brooks). Douglas is irregular -- maybe do to the director.

Might be worthwhile watching.
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BrentReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
A movie for cucks, by degenerate propagandists
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Spoilers: the wife cheats on her husband, and he gets revenge by letting a manlet plow her continuously in his own home while he lives in a hotel, then takes her back afterward. The only comedic thing about this movie is it shows how far back their programming goes. You can't even go back to media from the 40s without these "Hollywood types" normalizing degenerate behavior. Truly gross.
Paul BrittonReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great Lubitsch film but don't buy the Real Enterprises edition
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That Uncertain Feeling is a gem of a movie, but you won't want to buy this version. The picture quality isn't good -- too fuzzy. But worse yet, the manufacturer Real Enterprises superimposed a "R E" logo onto the lower right corner of every frame of the movie. This is simply unacceptable for a commercial DVD. I returned my copy to Amazon.

I see now that on a well-known auction website they're selling a much newer release of this movie under the "American Pop Classics" label. Perhaps it's a better print -- they claim it's newly restored. I haven't seen it.

The movie itself, a gentle satire of the foibles of the upper middle class in the 1930s, is wonderful, with subtle, sophisticated wit in every line, and every actor perfectly in tune with Lubitsch's vision. I think it's some of Lubitsch's best work.
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WAMReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lubitsch Off-Pitch
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Lubitsch is always pleasant, but in this film his humor has less sharpness and rhythm. You know where the laughs are supposed to be but they aren't quite there. Perhaps the actors were miscast ,although Oberon seems fine; perhaps they characters -Meredith in particular- are too doggedly simple and predictable for Lubitsch to work his magic. I don't know. And yet..the plot is fun and the sets and clothes irreproachable. Watch it with both eyes and one ear. Or better yet, watch his other films--Trouble in Paradise or Shop Around the Corner- to get a fuller sense of his talent.
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KellyReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Entirely Missable
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Although I usually love movies from this era, I felt like this one wasn't quite up to par. It did have some funny moments like the "Keeks", but overall it felt unfocused and forced. The comedy just didn't flow the way it should in a "screwball" comedy. I found it to be a bit strange, actually.
J. P.Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Uncertain feeling that led to boredom
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I very much enjoy classic films from this era, but I just didn't enjoy this one. I fell asleep before I even made it half way through. Maybe I will try it another time and see if I don't like it better. For one, there seemed to be no chemistry between Merle Oberon and Melvyn Douglas. Also, as far as I got into the film, I found the plot very uninteresting.
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inum78Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Great Pairing. Merle Oberon Perfection!
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