You're Telling Me
(a.k.a. "Temporarily Yours")

Universal Pictures

Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Frances Hyland & Brenda Weisberg
Story by Charles O'Neil and Duane Decker
A Ken Goldsmith Production


Released 1942

     A slightly daffy young man gets a job with his family's advertising agency.  His first duty is to hire a big-game hunter for a radio show but problems arise when the hunter proves to be a fraud. Anne Gwynne's third film with Hugh Herbert.


 

Cast:

Hugh Herbert

Anne Gwynne ... Kit

Robert Paige

Edward Ashley

Esther Dale

Eily Malyon

Vicki Lester

Ernest Truex

Helen Lynd

Romaine Callender

Production:

Frances Hyland, Brenda Weisberg- Writers 

Charles O'Neil, Duane Decker-Story

Charles Lamont- Director 

Ken Goldsmith- Producer

Jerome Ash- Cinematographer

Philip Kahn- Editor

Full Storyline

Charles Handley, vice-president of the radio advertising agency of Driscoll, Dorsett & Handley, is forced by his wife Fanny to hire his nephew, the dimwitted Hubert Abercrombie Gumm. Hubert, who wants to learn the business from the bottom up, is put in charge of the mimeographing room, with disastrous results, as he mixes up the scripts of numerous radio programs. Instead of being fired, Hubert is mistakenly sent to Brooklyn to meet the arriving ship of noted explorer and author Fred Curtis, whom the advertising agency desperately wants to sign to an exclusive endorsement contract.

At the docks, Fred is confronted by reporters, who question him on his relationship to the divorcing Adelle Parks. As a cover, the narcissistic Fred states that he is engaged to Kit Bellamy (Anne Gwynne), the fiancée of his exploring companion, scientist Dr. Burnside "Burnsy" Walker. Afterward, Burnsy insists that the reluctant Fred go with him to Boston, in order to straighten things out with Kit, and Hubert and Fanny agree to take them there in her chauffeured limousine.

Along the way, Fred tries to steal the limousine and head back to New York, but he is caught by Burnsy, who forces him to continue on to Boston. Hubert and Fanny, who had been left behind, buy a motor scooter and arrive at the Bellamy home before the two men. Fanny explains the situation to Kit, and though she is upset by her predicament, she confirms Fred's claim in front of a roomful of reporters.

After the reporters leave, however, Kit fights with Burnsy over his inhibitions, much to the delight of Fred, who then sets his sites on his new "fiancée." Fred deceives Hubert into believing that he has signed the endorsement contract, when he has actually signed a piece of sheet music. Later that night, Fred pretends to suffer from "jungle fever," so the entire group is forced to spend the night at the Bellamy home. While Hubert and Fanny tend to his "medical needs," Fred tells Kit that Burnsy is really the "Casanova" explorer portrayed in his book.

After Hubert's treatments, however, the explorer begs to be allowed to give up his deception and return to New York. At the same time, Kit calls a group of reporters, who arrive at the Bellamy home at the same time as Adelle. Kit then announces that she has broken her engagement to Fred, as she has learned that Burnsy was the real author of Jungle Nights and the leader of the expedition. Her story is supported when the weakened Fred collapses in front of the reporters and a girl claiming to be Leili, a native girl depicted in the book, rushes into Burnsy's arms.

The next morning, everyone has left the Bellamy home except Fred and Kit, and she insists that they elope. Back at the advertising agency, the partners are thrilled that Fred has not actually signed the contract. Hubert is then sent to sign Burnsy to the same contract, and he finds the scientist in the steam room of the Explorer's Club. After Burnsy signs the contract, Hubert, with the help of Leili, stops Fred and Kit's wedding, then reunites the scientist with his intended.

 

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