The man and his wife in this anecdotal French seriocomedy are Papon and Janette, played by Harry Baur and Suzy Vernon. Bored with her marriage to civil-servant Papon, Janette wanders off to have a brief fling with her casual lover. Upon her return, she finds out that her husband has become quite wealthy. Now he is the desirable one, and she is left out in the cold. The considerable age gap between Harry Baur and Suzy Vernon makes the basic situation in A Man and His Wife all the more amusing -- and poignant. Heavily reliant upon its witty dialogue, the film lost a great deal of its pungency when translated into English.
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