Unfinished Business

Categories: Comedy, Romance
With Irene Dunne, Robert Montgomery, Preston Foster, and Eugene Pallette. This sublime film exemplifies La Cava’s gift for creating comedies that contain a profound depth of feeling. Starting with a cruel joke – a couple of callow men make a bet that one of them can seduce the woman sharing their train compartment – the film charts the relationship that develops between Irene Dunne, a small-town girl in the big city, and Robert Montgomery, the brother of the man who has heartlessly seduced and abandoned her. Their love affair is all the more affecting for taking place against a backdrop of heartbreak and alcoholism, all conveyed under the guise of comedy. UNFINISHED BUSINESS is truly one of the most remarkable Hollywood films of the 1940s.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1941-08-27
Run time: 96 minute / 1:36
Director: Gregory La Cava
Writers: Vicki Baum, Eugene Thackrey.


Irene Dunne
as Nancy Andrews
Robert Montgomery
as Tommy Duncan
Preston Foster
as Steve Duncan
Eugene Pallette
as Elmer
Esther Dale
as Aunt Mathilda
Walter Catlett
as Billy Ross
Samuel S. Hinds
as Uncle
Dick Foran
as Frank
June Clyde
as Clarisse
Richard Davies
as Richard
Kathryn Adams
as Katy
Phyllis Barry
as Sheila
Mary Gordon
as Miss Brady
Paul Fix
as Reporter
Chester Clute
as Mr. Beck
Fortunio Bonanova
as Impresario
Hugh Beaumont
as Hugh the Bridegroom
Franz Waxman Original Music Composer

Joseph A. Valentine Director of Photography

Vicki Baum Screenplay

Gregory La Cava Director

Eugene Thackrey Screenplay

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