Turnabout (1940)

USA, 1940
35mm film, black and white. 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording), English

An American fantasy film directed by Hal Roach.

Plot Summary

A squabbling couple argue in front of a statue of Buddha and find that they’ve swapped bodies.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Hal Roach
Copyright MCMXL [1940] Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Hal Roach presents. Released through United Artists
Producer: Hal Roach *
Screen Play by: Mickell Novak, Berne Giler, John McClain
Additional Dialogue by: Rian James
Based on the Novel “Turnabout” by: Thorne Smith
Director of Photography: Norbert Brodine
Edited by: Bert Jordan
Musical Score by: Arthur Morton
Sound Recording by: William Randall
Gowns by: Royer
Photographic Effects: Roy Seawright
Art Direction: Nicolai Remisoff

Adolphe Menjou (Phil Manning)
Carole Landis (Sally Willows)
John Hubbard (Tim Willows)
William Gargan (Joel Clare)
Verree Teasdale (Laura Bannister)
Mary Astor (Marion Manning)
Donald Meek (Henry)
Joyce Compton (Irene Clare)
Inez Courtney (Miss Edwards)
Franklin Pangborn (Mr Pingboom)
Marjorie Main (Nora)
Berton Churchill (Julian Marlowe)
Margaret Roach (Dixie Gale)
Ray Turner (Mose)
Norman Budd (Jimmy)
Polly Ann Young (Miss Twill)
Eleanor Riley (Lorraine)
Murray Alper (masseur)
Miki Morita (Ito)
Yolande Mollot (Marie)
George Renavent (Mr Ram)

Alternative Titles

Changeons de sexe – French title
Die Dame ist der Gatte – German title
A Dança dos Sexos – Portuguese title
Ehe mit vertauschten Rollen – Austrian title
Han, hun og Troldmanden – Danish title
L’errore del dio Chang – Italian title
Matrimonio al revés – Mexican, Spanish title
Matrimônio Invertido – Brazilian title
Nurinkurin kanssasi – Finnish title
Ombytta roller – Swedish title
Карусель – Soviet Russian title

See also
Turnabout (1979)


Kine Weekly no.1738 (8 August 1940)
Kine Weekly no.1939 (15 June 1944)
Motion Picture Herald vol.139 no.5 (4 May 1940)
Today’s Cinema vol.55 no.4451 (7 August 1940)
Today’s Cinema vol.62 no.5044 (13 June 1944)

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.506