Are Husbands Necessary? (1942 film)

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Are Husbands Necessary?
Directed by Norman Taurog
Written by Tess Slesinger
Frank Davis
Starring Ray Milland
Betty Field
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by LeRoy Stone
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Country United States
Language English
Budget $552,000.[1]
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. ^ "'ROUND THE RADIO DIAL TONIGHT". The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA). 1943-02-15. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 

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