His Brother’s Wife (1936) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Wed, July 15, 2015 06:15 PM est. Closed captioned.
Folks, this one is from 1936 so we have to take it for what it is. During the early years of talkies, Hollywood came up with some very interesting tales to tell. His Brother’s Wife is one of them. Robert Taylor plays the younger brother to the brother that Barbara Stanwyck marries in retaliation for Taylor’s going into the depths of the Jungle to find a cure for some god-awful plague. Confusing? It is? Confusing and almost silly. Yet, there is a touch of that old classic film magic that makes it a delight to watch.
There is something about the on-screen chemistry between Taylor and Stanwyck, (most likely springing from their real life romance), that makes you keep watching. The scenes between the two stars make the whole twisted tale worth sitting through.
Now, don’t be fooled, there are many more films that have plots that are more contrived than His Brother’s Wife, but there is something about the jump from New York, to the Jungle, and then back to New York, then to the Jungle again, that makes this film a little more silly than most. But, lets face it, if you choose to watch this film you are doing so all for the man with the perfect profile’s smile (Robert Taylor) and The Ball of Fire’s spunk (Barbara Stanwyck).
All and all this is a fun film to watch. It by no means is predictable–most likely due to the fact that the plot is out of this world.
Enjoy. I did. Review by movieblue from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the imdb.
My take: His Brother’s Wife is the first film in which Mr. Taylor and Ms. Stanwyck co-starred. Their real life relationship was in its early stages and the love scenes are quite convincing. Although this film can’t decide whether it wants to be a light hearted love story or a serious medical drama, the uncritical viewer can enjoy it a lot.