Father Takes a Wife

Father Takes a Wife is a 1941 American comedy film starring Gloria Swanson and Adolphe Menjou. Silent screen queen Gloria Swanson returned to films after a seven-year absence. Eight years later, Swanson staged another comeback in the classic Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Father Takes a Wife
Directed byJack Hively
Produced byLee Marcus
Screenplay byDorothy Fields
Herbert Fields
StarringAdolphe Menjou
Gloria Swanson
Music byRoy Webb
Gene Rose
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited byGeorge Hively
Release date
  • October 3, 1941 (1941-10-03) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
79 min.
CountryUnited States


Senior (Adolphe Menjou) is a middle-aged widowed shipping magnate, who falls in love with celebrated actress Leslie Collier (Gloria Swanson) and marries her after a whirlwind courtship.[2]



The film lost $104,000 at the box office.[3]


  1. ^ "Father Takes a Wife: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/movie/father-takes-a-wife-v91124
  3. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p163

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