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Friday, July 7, 2017

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Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Start Time: 9:30pm
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
96 min. – Comedy
This box-office smash comedy of manners featured the popular Myrna Loy as Margot Sherwood Merrick, the stodgy editor of a glamorous women's fashion magazine. To protect herself from suitors and jealous wives of businessmen, she wears a gold band on the third finger of her left hand and pretends that she is married. But the wolfish artist Jeff Thompson (Melvyn Douglas) is undeterred. After his efforts to romance Margot fail repeatedly, her icy exterior finally melts and the two become involved. She then has to explain the ring to all her cronies. Jeff's idea is to pretend to be her long-lost husband, but this plan backfires and leads to some comic complications. Author: Michael Betzold
Melvyn Douglas
Myrna Loy
Raymond Walburn
Bonita Granville
Lee Bowman
Felix Bressart
The director of the Production Code Administation (PCA) had MGM delete several gags that suggested Margot was pregnant, since, he said, illegitimacy could not be the basis for a comedy.
This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 4 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 18 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 4 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it finally aired 8 July 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2).
If Margot had met Tony in Rio in April it wouldn't have been in the spring. Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. It would have been fall.