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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)




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Ernst Lubitsch's That Uncertain Feeling was previously filmed by the director in 1925 as Kiss Me Again; both versions were inspired the Victorien Sardou-Emile de Najac bedroom farce Let's Get a Divorce. Six year into her marriage to preoccupied insurance salesman Larry Baker (Melvyn Douglas), Jill Baker (Merle Oberson) develops a case of hiccups. Phlegmatic Freudian psychologist Vengard (Alan Mowbray) suggests that Jill's affliction is caused by marital problems, whereupon she decides to enter into a new relationship with Vengard's star patient, hilariously neurotic concert pianist Sebastian (Burgess Meredith). Magnanimously agreeing to a divorce, Larry nonetheless remains in love with Jill, and she with him. They'll get back together, of course, but not until a multitude of delightful misunderstandings. Outside of Burgess Meredith's brilliant comic performance (obviously patterned on Oscar Levant), the film's highlight finds Larry trying to figure out the gentlest possible way to permit Jill to file for divorce on the grounds of cruelty.

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Melvyn Douglas
as Larry Baker
Merle Oberon
as Mrs. Jill Baker
Burgess Meredith
as Alexander Sebastian
Alan Mowbray
as Dr. Vengard
Olive Blakeney
as Margie Stallings
Harry Davenport
as Attorney Jones
Eve Arden
as Sally
Sig Rumann
as Mr. Kofka
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Critic Reviews for That Uncertain Feeling

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Ernst Lubitsch, who produced as well as directed this sharply erotic comedy, seems to have saved up some of his best gags for a candid tale of unfulfilled desire, psychoanalysis, modern art, brazen infidelity and antiquated divorce laws.

April 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Lesser Lubitsch still has "The Lubitsch Touch."

May 7, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

More silly than amusing.

May 30, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Possibly the only lame film Ernst Lubitsch ever made.

June 16, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for That Uncertain Feeling


With that cast and director this should have been much better. An ordinary comedy that tries to be saucy but comes across as strained.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Although I didn't care much for the silly romance, the comedy was good for the most part, and I loved Meredeth's performance, it was unique.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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