The Feminine Touch (1941)

Every once in awhile I come across an old movie I never heard of and immediately upon watching it, find a new comfort movie.  The Feminine Touch is one such movie!  It's entertaining, funny and makes one yearn for a simpler time.  This movie has the same formula as today's Hallmark Movies - crisis, exploration, crisis, resolution, and is as harmless and comfortable as well.  And, the cast is awesome with Rosalind Russell, Kay Parker, Van Heflin and Don Ameche!  

I wonder the impact of the movie on Americans as it premiered one week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Did they find some sense of comfort or distraction from it?  I think I might have back then.  There was simply no stress in this movie, and was uplifting in that tongue-in-cheek war of the sexes way.

REVIEWS:  The December 12, 1941 New York Times review of this film sums it up as "All in all, call it a lightly written conversation piece on the overworked subject of marital mix-up with Miss Russell in to…


This was an interesting little film. I'm always intrigued when I see things in old movies that we still debate and discuss today.  Ex-Lady explored topics such as the empowerment and rights of women (not to be confused with political women's rights), infidelity without embarrassment,  open marriage,  disdain for marriage, and the list goes on!

The main star was Bette Davis,  and I gotta say... she really was quite beautiful!  I'm not 100% certain,  but I think this may actually be my first Bette Davis film.

REVIEWS: I don't necessarily agree, but has an interesting review, albeit with a bit of synicism.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Love, and life, and laughter!" - Hugo Van Hugh

RATING: A bit over-the-top with the whole "You can't tell me what to do" bit, but I enjoyed it. 

WATCH IT AGAIN?: Wouldn't go out of my way,  but wouldn't run from it either. 



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