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'Taint Legal (1940)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1940 (USA)
Edgar Kennedy is over-joyed when told he has won a $5,000 prize in a "How To Be Happy Though Married" contest. A reporter interviews Edgar and his wife Vivien who tell him about their ... See full summary »

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Harry D'Arcy
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar
Vivien Oakland ... Vivien Kennedy
Billy Franey ... Vivien's Father
Arthur O'Connell ... Book Salesman
Robert Graves Robert Graves
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Edgar Kennedy is over-joyed when told he has won a $5,000 prize in a "How To Be Happy Though Married" contest. A reporter interviews Edgar and his wife Vivien who tell him about their engagement and elopement. Then Viviens father tells them that according to a law he has found in a law-book, they aren't legally married. After a series of misadventures, they learn that the law is a new one and that the Kennedy marriage is legal. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1940 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chopsticks
(uncredited)
Written by Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulli)
Played during opening credits and at end
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Win Five Thousand Dollars, Lose a Wife
30 March 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Edgar discovers he has won $5,000 in a radio contest and has not been married to Vivian Oakland for the last ten years in this typically amusing "Common Man" short from RKO.

From about 1938 through 1941, the series regulars were replaced, with Vivien Oakland playing Edgar's wife and old-timer Billy Franey playing his lazy, greedy father-in-law, taking the place of Dot Farley (as his mother-in-law) and Jack Rice (as his brother-in-law). Jack has a small role in this one as a reporter. Franey was only a year older than Kennedy, but white-haired and frailer -- he would die the next year.

Edgar fills in the edges of the story with his usual funny takes. He does a nice series of them early, sitting in an arm chair. He reserves his patented "slow burn" for the closing shot. It's not a great entry to the series, but fans will find it eminently satisfactory.


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