LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Clara Hinklin)
Lucille Ball gets mixed up in a storyline that would have been right at home on her future TV series I Love Lucy. Feeling neglected by her husband Andrew (James Ellison), drab housewife Clara Hinklin (Lucille Ball) walks out on him, much to the delight of her busybody mother-in-law (Emma Dunn).
Realizing that she's still in love with her husband, Clara undergoes a glamour treatment, re-emerging in the guise of Latin American charmer Mercedes Vasquez. Reunited with her husband at a masquerade party, Clara tries to win him back by continuing her pose as the alluring Mercedes. The question: Does Andrew fall back in love with Clara, or is he merely smitten by her seductive alter ego?
Special Notes: The working title of this film was "The Romantic Mr. Hinklin". It was based on an original story of the same name by Richard Carroll and Ray McCarey.