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"A model man was he... until the stork made a mistake!"
  • Passed
  • 1940
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 6.1  (745)

Turnabout is a 1940 comedy film directed by Hal Roach and starring Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, and John Hubbard. The film centers around a young married couple, Jerry and Pamela, who find themselves in a difficult marital situation. After a heated argument, they both wish they could switch places and see things from the other's perspective. Their wish is magically granted when they both wake up in the morning to find that they have swapped bodies.

Jerry, who is now in Pamela's body, struggles to adapt to his new life as a housewife while Pamela, now in Jerry's body, has difficulty adjusting to his job as a successful advertising executive. The couple try to keep their situation a secret from everyone, but as they navigate their new lives, they realize that they may have taken each other for granted and begin to appreciate the other's perspective.

As the film progresses, the couple find themselves in a series of misadventures as they attempt to maintain the charade of their swapped bodies. Jerry, in Pamela's body, must fend off the advances of his playboy neighbor while Pamela, in Jerry's body, must navigate the cutthroat world of advertising and deal with Jerry's eccentric clients.

Throughout the film, the couple quickly realize that their newfound appreciation for each other is not enough to save their relationship. They must confront their own flaws and insecurities before they can truly move forward as a couple. The film culminates in a cathartic confrontation where both Jerry and Pamela must confront their own shortcomings and learn to communicate with each other.

Overall, Turnabout is a charming and whimsical film that expertly straddles the line between fantasy and reality. The film uses its fantastical premise to explore the complexities of marriage and relationships while never forgetting to entertain its audiences with its slapstick humor and witty writing. Adolphe Menjou and Carole Landis both give great performances as the central couple, with John Hubbard providing a strong supporting role as Jerry's best friend, Buddy. Hal Roach's direction manages to keep the film engaging and playful, while also providing moments of genuine emotion and depth.

Turnabout is a 1940 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    1 hr 23 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (745)