A nervous woman-shy office clerk, already troubled by an amorous female co-worker, suddenly has to deal with a very forward and attractive young woman who has sneaked into his apartment - and doesn't want to leave.

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Simon Haldane
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Julia Faulkner
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Agatha Hathaway
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Mrs. Hathaway - Agatha's Mother
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Bob Wyeth
E.J. Ratcliffe ...
Trundle
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Nell Martin
Frank Beal ...
Faulkner
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Dvorak
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Robert Gordon ...
Office Boy (as Bobby Gordon)
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Robert Dudley ...
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A nervous woman-shy office clerk, already troubled by an amorous female co-worker, suddenly has to deal with a very forward and attractive young woman who has sneaked into his apartment - and doesn't want to leave.

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1 February 1930 (USA)  »

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Although the two films share no common writer credits, some plot elements from Wide Open are used in the Monogram feature What a Man! (1944). See more »

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Simon Haldane: I haven't had very much experience carrying women to bed!
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Remake of The Narrow Street (1925) See more »

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Edward Everett Horton has the lead
1 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward Everett Horton stars with Patsy Ruth Miller in "Wide Open," an early talkie and a pre-Code. Horton and Miller made five films together. She retired in 1931.

Horton is Simon Haldane, a man with some good ideas about his boss' business, but he's too shy to put himself forward. The boss' daughter, Doris (Miller) tries to give him confidence, and soon he is promoted to General Manager.

But things at home aren't good, and what a home. Simon is afraid of women and doesn't like them, but they're milling around. A stenographer at work likes him, but worse than that is, one day a woman he has never seen before shows up with her mother, and her mother demands that he marry her. Not only that, she won't leave.

Archie Mayo directed this, and the screenplay is written by James Starr and Arthur Caesar.

At 69 minutes, this would have been fine at just a half hour - at 69 minutes it feels like it's the length of Howard's End. You'll swear to it.

Edward Everett Horton was always delightful, and his comedy in this is very good. I don't know what it was in 1930, but today it's not a laugh-out-loud comedy. It has a couple of funny scenes. Louise Fazenda has a small role.


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