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Housewife (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 August 1934 (USA)
Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Berkeley
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Sam Blake
Krueger (as Joe Cawthorne)
Radio Singer
Ronnie Cosby ...
Buddy Reynolds
Leila Bennett ...
Mr. Simmons
Charles Coleman ...


Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful commercial for the client and neats up their old romance. Wife and girlfriend struggle over Bill. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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11 August 1934 (USA)  »

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Dona de Casa  »

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Did You Know?


Both Lee Phelps (Court Clerk) and Lester Dorr (Chauffeur) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »


Patricia 'Pat' Berkeley: Well, I've done alright. I suddenly found out I had some brains and decided to use them.
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Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »


Puddin' Head Jones
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
First tune played on the radio
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No Occupation, Just A Housewife
11 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Housewife is the kind of film that drive feminists absolutely mad in presenting the woman as fit to be nothing more than the one who keeps home and hearth for the husband. It must have been especially galling for Bette Davis who definitely did not fit the mold of the message of this film.

Bette's not in the title role, she's the infamous 'other woman' of this Warner Brothers soap opera. The title role is played by Ann Dvorak, wife of George Brent, mother of Ronnie Cosbey. She tells Brent that he's not exactly showing a certain amount of get up and go needed to succeed in the world. That sends Brent off in the direction of Davis who is a career woman who just started working at Brent's advertising agency.

In the meantime Dvorak ain't taking this philandering lying down, she shows she's got some worldly ways after all and even gets an admirer in the person of John Halliday sniffing around.

But this is 1934 so films like this can only follow certain specific formula guidelines. All these people are so terribly civilized about all this infidelity.

1934 was the year Bette Davis finally got a breakthrough part in Of Human Bondage. Yet Warner Brothers would still cast her in fluff like Housewife. No wonder she took off for Great Britain.

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