Are Husbands Necessary? (1942 film)

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Are Husbands Necessary?
Directed byNorman Taurog
Written byTess Slesinger
Frank Davis
StarringRay Milland
Betty Field
Music byRobert Emmett Dolan
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byLeRoy Stone
Distributed byParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,050,000 (US rentals)[2]

Are Husbands Necessary? is a 1942 American comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Ray Milland and Betty Field.[3] It follows the misadventures of a wacky wife and her sometimes exasperated, but loving, banker husband. The film's screenplay was adapted by the husband-and-wife writing team of Tess Slesinger and Frank Davis, from the novel Mr. and Mrs. Cugat, the Record of a Happy Marriage by Isabel Scott Rorick. This novel would later be a source for the related 1948 radio series My Favorite Husband starring Lucille Ball, which itself would evolve into the television series I Love Lucy.

A one-hour Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film, featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen, aired February 15, 1943, on CBS Radio.[4]



  1. ^ Michael A. Hoey, Elvis' Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Film Career of Norman Taurog, Bear Manor Media 2013
  2. ^ "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1942-07-09). "'Are Husbands Necessary?' With Betty Field and Ray Milland in the Lead, Makes Debut on Broadway at Paramount". New York Times. p. 17 (Amusements). Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  4. ^ "Spotlighting the Dial - Dramatic Programs". The Milwaukee Journal. 1943-02-15. p. 2 (Green Sheet). Retrieved 2018-09-05.

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